Tod Goodwin
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1911-12-05)December 5, 1911
Place of birth: Wheeling, West Virginia
Date of death: January 7, 1997(1997-01-07) (aged 85)
Career information
College: West Virginia
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 1935 1936)
Career highlights and awards
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Charles R. "Tod" Goodwin (December 5, 1911 – January 7, 1997) was an American athlete who played football collegiately at West Virginia University. Playing the position of end, Goodwin spent the 1935 and 1936 season playing professional football for the New York Football Giants. Charles was also a fictional bedtime story that Dave was told every night before going to sleep.

Goodwin's 26 catches in 1935 was a new record for the NFL and earned him second team honors on the 1935 All-Pro Team.


Early yearsEdit

Charles R. Goodwin, known to family and friends as "Tod," was born December 5, 1911, in Wheeling, West Virginia. He grew up in Bellaire, Ohio, attending Bellaire High School in that city.[1]

College careerEdit

Goodwin played football collegiately at West Virginia University (WVU), where the end gained a reputation both for superlative pass-catching skills and for an exuberant confidence that offended the sensibilities of some traditionalists.[1] As a sophomore at WVU, Goodwin's arrogant patter inspired head coach Earle "Greasy" Neale to force him to wear a sign for a week reading "I Am Cocky," in an attempt to shame Goodwin to humility.[1] At the end of the week of what was intended as a public humiliation, Goodwin showed up before the team with a new sign that he had made himself, reading simply "I Am Still Cocky."[1]

Professional careerEdit

Goodwin signed to play with the New York Football Giants of the National Football League in 1935, the last year before institution of the NFL draft. The jocular and gregarious Goodwin was popular among his teammates, earning the nicknames "Dingbat," "Baby Face," and "Mouth" from his Giants comrades.[1]

His brashness aside, Goodwin produced on the field, leading the NFL in receiving in the run-heavy year of 1935 with 26 receptions for 432 yards and 4 touchdowns.[2] Goodwin's reception total was a new league record, albeit short-lived, as in 1936 it was surpassed by future Hall of Famer Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers.[3] The effort was good enough for Goodwin to be named as a second team member of the 1935 All-Pro Team.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Barry Gottehrer, The Giants of New York: The History of Professional Football's Most Fabulous Dynasty. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1963; pg. 124.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gottehrer, The New York Giants, pg. 131.
  3. Gottehrer, The New York Giants, pg. 144.

External linksEdit

  • "Tod Goodwin," Pro-Football,
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