Ickey Woods

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Ickey Woods
No. 30
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-02-28) February 28, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth: Fresno, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Fresno (CA) Edison
College: Nevada–Las Vegas
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31
Debuted in 1988
Last played in 1991
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 1,525
Average 4.6
Touchdowns 27
Stats at NFL.com

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 lumbering "Ickey Shuffle" end zone dance, performed when he scored touchdowns.

Woods rushed for 1,066 yards and 15 touchdowns in his rookie season, along with 228 yards and 3 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 as #7 on NFL Top 10's Top Ten One-Shot Wonders.[1]

Woods is currently the coach of the Cincinnati Sizzle of the Women's Football Alliance and runs the Ickey Woods Youth Foundation. He also appeared in Bootsy Collins's new music video "Whodey Invasion" and stars in a GEICO commercial where he reprises his famous "Ickey Shuffle" while buying cold cuts at a deli.


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