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Dick Wood
No. 12, 19
Personal information
Born:(1936-02-29)February 29, 1936
Lanett, Alabama
Died:April 4, 2015(2015-04-04) (aged 79)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft:1959 / Round: 12 / Pick: 144
Career history
As player:
* Denver Broncos (1962)
As coach:
* Georgia (GA: 1967)
  • Oakland Raiders (WR: 1969 1970)
  • Ole Miss (OA: 1971–1973)
  • Cleveland Browns (QB/RB: 1974)
  • New Orleans Saints (QB: 1976 1977)
  • Atlanta Falcons (QB/RB: 1978 1982)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (OC/QB: 1983)
  • Auburn (OA: 1986)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (QB/RB: 1987 1988)
  • New England Patriots (QB: 1989 1990)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (QB/RB: 1991 1994)
  • New York Jets (QB/RB: 1995)
  • Career NFL statistics
    QB Rating:52.9
    Player stats at
    Player stats at PFR
    Coaching stats at PFR

    Malcolm Richard Wood (February 29, 1936 – April 4, 2015) was an American football quarterback and coach who played college football at Auburn and professionally in the American Football League (AFL). After his player career ended, Wood served as an assistant coach in college football and the NFL over four decades.[1]

    As a player

    Playing for Lanett High School, Wood was named to the All-State team in Alabama in 1954.[2] He went on to help lead Auburn to an undefeated season in 1958.[3] He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League (NFL) in 1959. He never played for the Colts, and signed with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League (AFL) as a free agent in 1962. Later in that season, Wood saw his first significant playing time as a member of the San Diego Chargers, playing in 6 games and starting 2 (he filled in for teammates Jack Kemp and John Hadl). He then spent two seasons (1963 and 1964) with the New York Jets, starting 12 games in each year. The Jets drafted Joe Namath in 1965, and Wood landed as a backup for the Oakland Raiders, starting 3 games in relief of Tom Flores. The next year, he was a member of the Miami Dolphins' inaugural season.[4]

    Coaching career

    In the next 30 years after his playing days, Wood held over a dozen offensive assistant coaching positions. He worked under Hank Stram in New Orleans as a quarterbacks coach, with Archie Manning under center. Afterwards, he was on the staff of the first Atlanta Falcons team to reach the playoffs in 1978. Possibly most notably, Wood coached Randall Cunningham and the Philadelphia Eagles during the early 90's. He retired from coaching in 1997.

    Statistics and legacy

    Wood started 33 games and completed 522 career passes for 51 touchdowns and 71 interceptions in his professional career.[5]

    He played for five different AFL teams during his football career,[5] the only player to ever do so.

    Wood was the first quarterback to throw for a touchdown at Shea Stadium.[6]

    In 1966, Wood became the first starting quarterback in Miami Dolphins history; he posted the then-worst all-time completion percentage for a single season (minimum 200 attempts),[7] 36.1%, surpassed only by Gary Marangi of the 1976 Buffalo Bills.

    Outside of football

    Wood was married to Peggy Bartlett, who was also from his hometown of Lanett. The couple had a daughter and a son. After suffering from dementia, Wood died in Atlanta. He was 79.[8]

    See also