Given that his father had one of the most prolific acting careers in history, John David Washington made his career path make sense. One thing about being the child of a famous actor is that people often expect a lot of you and may believe you’ll be just as good as, if not better than, your parent or parents.
In the case of John David Washington, that hasn’t happened quite yet, but it doesn’t appear that people are really holding that expectation because his life has taken a very different path than his famous father’s, and despite being so dissimilar, he has become just as successful.
If you want to learn more about everyone’s favorite new hunk, he’s your starting point. Here are some unknown facts about him
8 Things You Didn’t Know About John David Washington
1. Was A Football Player
As he entered his twenties, John David took a break from acting. He ran for Morehouse College, where he set both the school and conference rushing records. He piqued the interest of the NFL, and he signed as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 2006. 
2. Injured His Achilles Tendon
In 2013, he injured his Achilles tendon. This injury ended his football career just as he was getting ready to try out for the New York Giants. On the plus side, it helped him refocus on acting, and the rest, as they say, is history.
3. Used To Hide His Identity
To cover his true identity, he would tell people that his father was in jail or absent. Being the son of a legend “Denzel Washington” clearly got tiresome for him
4. Coproduced “The Book Of Eli”
He’s been working with his father for a long time, it seems, ever since Book of Eli was released years ago. And despite the fact that it was liked by some and disliked by others, it turned out to be a pretty good film.
5. Made his Debut At Age of 9
At the age of nine, Washington appeared as a student in a Harlem classroom in “Spike Lee’s” classic 1992 film “Malcolm X”, starring his father Denzel Washington as Malcolm X.
6. Never Take Help From His Father
He could easily have persuaded his father to assist him in landing major roles immediately after retiring from football, but he didn’t want his career to be defined by nepotism. Therefore he never took any help from his father.
7. Went Back To Acting In Secret
Many of his family members were unaware that he was auditioning for Ballers. He preferred to remain low-key and out of the spotlight.
8. No Awards
So far in his career, he’s certainly impressed a lot of people, but his breakout roles haven’t been deemed quite enough for a major award. At this point, it does not appear that it will be long before someone decides that it is worthwhile to acknowledge that he is great enough to reward for his efforts.