Denzel Washington's son among Rams signees

5/1/2006 - St. Louis Rams

ST. LOUIS -- Signing the son of actor Denzel Washington on
Monday ensured the St. Louis Rams of making a splash the day after
the NFL draft ended.

John David Washington, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back was
among 10 undrafted players signed by the Rams. He played for
Division II Morehouse College last year.

"This is all a good story," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "I
hope he's a good running back."

Washington had a school-record 1,198 yards with a 5.6-yard
average and nine touchdowns, and added 10 receptions for 69 yards
is senior year. He also ended his career as the school's
single-game (242 yards) and career (3,699) leading rusher.

Washington led the conference in rushing last season, and was
named national player of the week by D2Football.com last season.

Linehan said he didn't know about Washington's famous father
until after the Rams became interested in him. Coincidentally,
Linehan's brother-in-law, actor Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus
in The Passion of the Christ, just finished a movie with Denzel
Washington that is scheduled to come out in about a year.

Linehan joked that Denzel Washington and Caviezel might make a
nice little "sideshow" at training camp.

"I hate to tell Jim, but I think most of them will be looking
for Denzel's autograph," Linehan said. "But they should start
with Jesus first."

Another unusual addition was Connecticut basketball player Ed
Nelson, a 6-8 forward who hasn't played football since his freshman
year of high school, as a tight end. Nelson played 29 games as a
reserve at UConn after transferring from Georgia Tech, averaging
three points and three rebounds.

"The rage now is to bring into the league these power forwards
[at tight end]," Linehan said. "This one's going to be

"You'd like him to be a blocking tight end that maybe can be a

The Rams also signed kicker Josh Cummings of Pittsburgh, centers
Mike Degory of Florida and Donovan Raiola of Wisconsin, tight end
Jonathan Williams of New Hampshire, running back Antoine Bagwell of
California (Pa.), defensive end Kory Lothe of Eastern Illinois,
defensive tackle Tim Sandidge of Virginia Tech and wide receiver
Clinton Solomon of Iowa.