Joshua Caudill/ Kenny Washinton
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My name is Kenny Washington and Kenny Washington was one of two black athletes to reintegrate the NFL in 1946. I was the one who ended the 12-year ban on black players in the NFL when the Los Angeles Rams signed him in 1946.
Kenny Washington was born on August 31, 1918, in Los Angeles. After college, he was passed over by the NFL, which had not had an African-American player since 1933. Instead, he became the biggest star and most popular player in two minor professional leagues on the West Coast. Finally, in 1946, the Los Angeles Rams signed him, ending the 12-year ban on black players in the NFL. Washington died of heart and lung problems in Los Angeles in 1971 at the age of 52.
In school Washington was an athletic force. He led Lincoln High School to the city title his junior year and then six months later to the football championship his senior season.
If it weren't for me all the Africans in America that play football would not be playing today possibly. I was a huge impacted in the NFL at the time and the National Football League would not be the same if I didn't end the ban on African Americans in the NFL.
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