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|Date of birth:February 28, 1966|
|Place of birth: Fresno, California|
|High school: Fresno (CA) Edison|
|College: Nevada–Las Vegas|
|NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31|
|Debuted in 1988|
|Last played in 1991|
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Elbert L. "Ickey" Woods (born February 28, 1966) is a former American football fullback who played his entire NFL career (1988 to 1991) with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at UNLV. He is best remembered for his "Ickey Shuffle" end zone dance, performed each time he scored a touchdown.
Elbert Woods was given the nickname "Ickey" based on his little brother's pronunciation of his given first name, which sounded like "E-E." He attended Edison High School in Fresno, where he played sports. He received one college football scholarship, from UNLV, where he was a four-year letterwinner. As a freshman in 1984, the Rebels, led by future NFL star quarterback Randall Cunningham, went 11-2 and won the California Bowl 30-13 against the University of Toledo, a game in which Woods rushed nine times for 53 yards and one touchdown.
In his senior year of 1987, he broke out and led the nation in rushing with 1,658 yards, with 6.4 yards per attempt. That total remains the second-most in UNLV history, and he still holds the school record in single-game rushing attempts with 37 in two different games. In one of those games, he ran for a personal-best 265 yards against the University of the Pacific. He rushed for over 100 yards in nine games, and over 200 three times, in 1987, and was named first team All Big West. He was inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
Woods was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round (31st overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. He was a breakout star as a rookie, rushing for 1,066 yards and 15 touchdowns along with 228 yards and three touchdowns in the playoffs as the Bengals advanced to Super Bowl XXIII. His team lost the game 20-16 to the San Francisco 49ers, but he finished as the game's leading rusher with 79 yards.
In 1989, Woods tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the second game of the season, a 41-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He missed 13 months. By the time he returned, his starting role was filled by Harold Green.
In 1991, Woods injured his right knee in the preseason. He returned at midseason but he ran for just 97 yards on 36 carries. He was out of football by age 26. His career statistics include 332 carries for 1,525 yards and 27 touchdowns, along with 47 receptions for 397 yards. Woods was later named #7 on NFL Top 10's Top Ten One-Shot Wonders.
Woods is the longtime owner/coach of the Cincinnati Sizzle of the full-contact Women's Football Alliance, for which one of the players has included his ex-wife, Chandra Baldwin-Woods. He runs the Ickey Woods Youth Foundation as well as the Jovante Woods Foundation, named for their son who died at age 16. Jovante was an honor student and a member of the (Cincinnati) Princeton High School football team who suffered a fatal asthma attack at home. The foundation provides funding and education for asthma research and organ donor education.
Woods has six children. Since retiring from the NFL, he has been a sales rep for a meat company, sold security systems, and has owned a flooring store in Cincinnati.
Ickey Woods appeared in Bootsy Collins' video "Who-Dey Invasion." He appeared in a Cincinnati Bell commercial, doing the "Ickey Shuffle" with the company's president and was in a national Oldsmobile commercial doing the "Ickey Shuffle" with his mother. In 2014 he was featured in a national GEICO Insurance commercial in which he reprised his "Ickey Shuffle" while gleefully buying cold cuts at a deli counter.
- "Top 10 one-shot wonders in NFL history". National Football League. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- Career Stats
- Catching Up With... Bengals running back Ickey Woods (1997)
- Ickey Woods - Realizing His True Calling (2006)