Dwayne Goodrich
Date of birth: (1978-05-29) May 29, 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth: Oak Lawn, Illinois
Career information
Position(s): Cornerback
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
 As player:
2000-2002 Dallas Cowboys
Playing stats at NFL.com

Dwayne Lewis Goodrich (born May 29, 1978) is a former American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football at Tennessee and was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round (49th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Goodrich was released from prison on October 5, 2011,[1] after serving 8 years due to his conviction of two counts of criminally negligent homicide.[2]

High school and college career[edit | edit source]

Goodrich came to Tennessee from Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn. He was an All-American at defensive back, while also running track. He was a three year starter for the Vols, earning a spot as captain during his senior season in 1999. Goodrich became noteworthy after the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. He was assigned to cover Florida State wide receiver Peter Warrick. In the second quarter of that game, Goodrich intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. The play helped Tennessee win the game and the National Championship. Goodrich was the defensive MVP of the game.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Goodrich was drafted in the second round (49th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played for the Cowboys from 2000-2002.

Legal issues[edit | edit source]

On January 14, 2003, Goodrich was involved in a hit and run accident that killed two people. On January 15, he was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter in relation to the accident. Police believed that Goodrich struck and killed two motorists who were trying to rescue a man from a burning car on a North Dallas freeway.[3] Though witnesses claimed Goodrich was going 100 mph, the state's accident reconstruction expert at trial estimated that Goodrich's car struck the victims and driver door of the wreckage at a considerably lower speed of 54 mph.

On September 8, 2003 he was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and fined $20,000 for the accident. He was convicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide.

On January 9, 2006, prosecutors and relatives of the deceased victims successfully sought to add five years to his original 7 ½-year prison sentence. In court proceedings on January 9, 2006, in Dallas, the sole surviving victim of the January 2003 accident, Shuki Josef, requested permission to approach Goodrich to shake his hand. The gesture resulted in an emotion-filled embrace between the two men as Josef stated that he forgave Goodrich.

During trial, Goodrich was not proven to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident. Goodrich lost his brother Walter to a motorcycle accident in 2004. Goodrich was released from TDCJ Walls Unit in 2011.

Post NFL Career[edit | edit source]

Goodrich has been sharing his experience with college football players in hopes of preventing others from following in his footsteps.

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