Denzel Washington's wife PAULETTA had the perfect birthday gift at the weekend (27SEP03) when the couple's son broke a football record and scored a touchdown.

American football fanatic Washington is a fervent supporter of his son's sporting career, often jetting to games from movie sets.

And he was particularly proud of his boy on Saturday, when he scored for MOREHOUSE COLLEGE.

Denzel says, "He broke the school record and rushed for 242 yards against JOHNSON C SMITH COLLEGE in North Carolina. We went down there for my wife's birthday.

"He promised his mum he'd score a touchdown, and he did."

01/10/2003 09:49