Social media made a GIF-worthy discovery this week when somebody figured out that the hot NFL player who stars opposite Dwayne Johnson on Ballers is actually Denzel Washington's son. For weeks, John David Washington seemed like just any old smoulderingly handsome actor with pretty decent chops, but it turns out he's the spawn of a two-time Academy Award winner whose smile could melt snow.
The younger Washington plays Ricky Jerret, a promising young player in the NFL, on the hit HBO series, created by the team behind Entourage. He's a lead character and a fan favorite since Ballers debuted earlier this summer. It's not been any secret that Denzel's son was making his major acting debut in the role: articles as far back as February announced the news. But Twitter finally put two and two together and realized who his old man is. We don't want to say the news makes him seem even hotter, but it's hard not to notice how close the apple fell to the tree.
As for why it took so many people so long to figure it out (it's not like JDW has been trying to hide it — he didn't even change his last name), we can only guess it has something to do with the beard. As one Twitter user pointed out, the torch has officially been passed.
Read some of the tweets, and then watch Denzel talk about another famous relation — rapper Ludacris — below:
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