Gene Washington
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Washington in 1965
No. 18
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1947-01-14) January 14, 1947 (age 77)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Long Beach Polytechnic (Long Beach, California)
NFL draft:1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:6,856
Player stats at PFR

Gene Washington (born January 14, 1947) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions.[1] He played college football for Stanford University,[2] and is a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. He was one of two wide receivers in the NFL with the same name during the first five year of his career as an active player, but neither were ever teammates.[3] He was the director of football operations for the NFL from 1994 to 2009.[4][5] He is also a former board member of the National Park Foundation.[6] He has two children, Daniel and Kelly.[6]

Living and playing in California gave Washington the opportunity to appear in a number of films and television series. He also served as a commentator for NBC's NFL coverage in the early 1980s and sports anchor at KABC-TV in the late 1980s.

He was the guest of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a State Dinner for Elizabeth II[7] and a State Dinner for Ghanaian President John Kufuor.[8]

In 2015, the Professional Football Researchers Association named Washington to the PFRA Hall of Very Good Class of 2015.[9]

Film and television


  1. ^ "Gene Washington". Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  2. ^ Stanford Athletics (January 1, 2018). "Year-by-Year NFL Draft Picks". Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  3. ^ Wallace, William N. "Vikings’ Defense vs. 49ers’ Offense," The New York Times, Wednesday, December 23, 1970. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  4. ^ "Gene Washington Will be Inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Directors Hall of Fame". January 20, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  5. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (March 4, 2009). "Catching Up With: Gene Washington". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 9, 2021 – via
  6. ^ a b "Gene Washington". Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  7. ^ "Guest List for the State Dinner in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh".
  8. ^ "Guest List for the State Dinner in Honor of His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana and Mrs. Theresa Kufuor".
  9. ^ "Professional Researchers Association Hall of Very Good Class of 2015". Archived from the original on June 22, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2016.