Abe Woodson
No. 40, 42     
Cornerback / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1934-02-15) February 15, 1934 (age 86)
Place of birth: Jackson, Mississippi
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)
  • All-Pro selection (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)

Abraham Benjamin Woodson (born February 15, 1934 in Jackson, Mississippi) is a former American football cornerback and kick returner who played nine seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the San Francisco 49ers. He also spent two years with the St. Louis Cardinals.[1] As a kick returner, there were few who were better. Of all kick returners in NFL history, his average of 28.7 yards per return is well ahead of any others who have returned over 5000 yards worth of kicks. He had 193 returns for 5538 yards. He was also dangerous on punt returns, averaging 9 yards a return in his prime with the 49ers.

Prior to joining the NFL, he played at the University of Illinois.

After leaving football, he worked as a life insurance agent. He currently lives in Las Vegas where he serves as a prison minister in connection with the Church of Christ.


  1. Abe Woodson.

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