Haywood Franklin Jeffires (born December 12, 1964 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. A 6'2", 198 lb (90 kg). wide receiver, Jeffires played in 10 NFL seasons from 1987-1996. Early in his NFL career his teammates referred to him as "Wood" or "Darkness", due to his charcoal complexion [. Later in his career his teammates referred to him as "Freakwood". He played most of his career with the Oilers during the " ] citation needed Run & Shoot" era with Warren Moon. The Run & Shoot also incorporated teammates Ernest Givins, Drew Hill, and Curtis Duncan. A 3-time Pro Bowl selection from 1991–1993, Jeffires led the AFC in receptions in 1991 with 100.
As of 2008 Jeffires is
coaching the Bay Area Gamblers, a semipro football team in Pearland, Texas.
Though his last name is spelled
Jeffires, it is pronounced Jeffries, a fact that commentators often noted during broadcasts of games in which Jeffires was playing. 1991 Nintendo Entertainment System console game, Tecmo Super Bowl, incorrectly listed Jeffires' name as " Jeffries".