Quotes

In 1971, Kenny Washington once said:
“As I look back now I feel it was just as important for a colored player to break into pro football as it was in baseball.”

Here’s what others had to say about him…
“There wasn’t anything he couldn’t or wouldn’t do at UCLA while he played for me… Kenny belongs with immortals – as much as anyone.”

Bill Spaulding
Head UCLA Football Coach (1925 – 1938)

“Considered by many as the greatest high school player in Southern California history…”

1949 Bowman Football Trading Card

“Kenny Washington was the greatest football player I have ever seen. He had everything needed for greatness — size, speed and tremendous strength.”
Jackie Robinson
UCLA Bruins teammate

“If he had come into the National Football League directly from UCLA, he would have been in my opinion, the best the NFL had ever seen.”

Bob Waterfield
Los Angeles Rams teammate
1965 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee


“The greatest football player we have ever seen…”
Gridiron Magazine

“He may have been the best ever to play the game of football in the state of California…”

Jim Murray
Los Angeles Times

“Considered by West Coast fans the most brilliant player in the U.S last year, Washington cannot play major-league because he is a Negro.”
Time Magazine, 1940

“It would be a shame if he were to be forgotten.”
Jackie Robinson
UCLA Bruins teammate