Autograph of Kenny Washington – the NFL’s First Post-WWII Black Player.
Lot 143. Autograph of Kenny Washington – the NFL’s First Post-WWII Black Player. In 1939, Washington, Jackie Robinson and future movie star Woody Strode helped the UCLA Bruins to a successful season. Despite leading the nation in total offense, he was named only a second-team All-American and omitted from the East-West Shrine Game. At graduation, he was banned from the NFL; this ban on African Americans had been in effect since 1933. As a result, Washington played in the Pacific Coast Professional Football League from 1941-1945. Finally, in 1946, at the age of 28, he became the first black player admitted to the NFL since the 1933 ban and World War II. By then, his knees were damaged, and his NFL career lasted only three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. Washington was enshrined in the College Hall of Fame in 1956. His jersey, No. 13, was the first to be retired by UCLA. A distinguished Los Angeles police officer after his retirement from football, he was only 52 when he died in 1971. In recent years, supporters have conducted a campaign for his admission to the Pro Hall of Fame. Washington’s signature is nm-m to mint 9 on a lined index card; he added “U.C.L.A. 1939” below. The signature has been authenticated and slabbed by PSA. Kevin Keating also authenticated it. Winning Bid $366.