Mike Woods
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Personal information
Born:(1954-11-01)November 1, 1954
Cleveland, Ohio
Died:May 29, 2009(2009-05-29) (aged 54)
Richmond Heights, Ohio
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio)
NFL Draft:1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
* Baltimore Colts ( 1978 1981)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-American (1977)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Michael Jay Woods (November 1, 1954 – May 29, 2009) was an American football linebacker who played three seasons with the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the second round of the 1978 NFL Draft. Woods first enrolled at Ellsworth Community College before transferring to the University of Tampa and lastly the University of Cincinnati. He attended Benedictine High School in Cleveland, Ohio.[1]

Early yearsEdit

Woods participated in football, basketball and track and field for the Benedictine High School Bengals.[2]

College careerEdit

Woods first played college football at Ellsworth Community College. He then transferred to the University of Tampa.[1][3] In 1975, he transferred to the University of Cincinnati after Tampa Spartans football was discontinued at the end of the 1974 season.[3] He played for the Cincinnati Bearcats from 1975 to 1977. He was a first-team All-American in 1977 and the first graduate of the University of Cincinnati to earn All-American honors.[4] Woods recorded 114 tackles as a senior. He was also selected to play in the Senior Bowl. He was inducted into the inaugural Bearcats Ring of Honor in 2006.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Baltimore ColtsEdit

Woods was drafted by the Baltimore Colts with the 52nd pick in the 1978 NFL Draft. He played in 36 games for the Colts from 1979 to 1981, starting 19.[1]


On May 21, 1982, Woods went to a house in Cleveland to retrieve his father from all-night poker game. At the house he was shot in the neck in a robbery attempt. The injury paralyzed Woods, rendering him a quadriplegic. 17-year-old Victor Gomez Jr. was arrested within a week. Woods died on May 29, 2009.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "MIKE WOODS". Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  2. Segall, Grant (June 4, 2009). "Michael Woods, football player paralyzed by robber's bullet: Obituary". Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Murray, Ken (June 3, 2009). "'He had a spirit that would not give up'".,0,2352790.story. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  4. "MIKE WOODS". Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  5. "FOOTBALL". Retrieved September 6, 2014.

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