Damien Woody

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Damien Woody
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Woody at a June 2009 New York Jets mini-camp
No. 65, 67
Position: Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-11-03) November 3, 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth: Beaverdam, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 327 lb (148 kg)
Career information
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Games played: 173
Games started: 166
Player stats at NFL.com

Damien Michael Woody (born November 3, 1977) is a former American football offensive lineman who played for the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Boston College. He was originally drafted as a center by the Patriots in the first round, 17th overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. During his pro career, he played every position on the offensive line. A Pro Bowl selection in 2002, Woody won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots.

Early years[edit]

He attended Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Virginia, where he teamed with Erron Kinney and helped the Patrick Henry Patriots win the 1994 state football championship.

Professional career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

The Patriots selected him 17th overall in the first round of the 1999 draft. Woody would go on to start 76 games with the Patriots, mostly at center.

Woody was known to struggle with delivering the snap in the shotgun formation. When a play was called that required a shotgun snap to the quarterback, Woody would rotate to the guard position.[1]

As the anchor of a tough and effective New England offensive line, Woody was a member of two Super-Bowl-winning teams, in 2001 and 2003. He did not play in Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers because of a knee injury.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Woody signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions in March 2004 and started every game in the 2004 and 2005 seasons before missing most of 2006 on injured reserve. His play earned him a selection as a Pro Bowl alternate in 2004.

New York Jets[edit]

On March 2, 2008, Woody and the Jets agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with $11 million in guaranteed money.[2]

During the Jets' post-season run, Woody suffered a torn Achilles tendon in a victory over the Indianapolis Colts on January 8, 2011.[3] Woody was subsequently placed on the injured reserve list on January 12, 2011.[3] Following the injury, Woody was released by the Jets on February 28, 2011.[4]

Woody announced his retirement on July 26, 2011.[5]

Broadcasting career[edit]

On August 5, 2011, he joined ESPN as an NFL analyst.[6] He can be seen on SportsCenter, NFL Live and other shows.

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Nicole, have seven children, including Kamille, Jalynn, Alexandra, Domonique, Deuce, Dontrell, and Jacoby.[7][8]

Woody was a contestant on Season 16 of the reality competition The Biggest Loser, which premiered on September 11, 2014 on NBC under the name The Biggest Loser: Glory Days, appearing along with former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell.


  1. ^ "Hiked-up offense". The Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ Smith, Michael (2008-03-03). "Woody gives Jets four former first-round draft picks on O-line". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  3. ^ a b Caldwell, Dave (January 12, 2011), "New Injury Forces Jets Into Switch at Tackle", The New York Times, The New York Times Company, archived from the original on January 13, 2011, retrieved January 12, 2011 
  4. ^ Jets cut Damien Woody, ESPN, February 28, 2011, archived from the original on March 2, 2011, retrieved February 28, 2011 
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Jets tackle Damien Woody has decided to retire". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Vrentas, Jenny. "Damien Woody announces retirement, looks ahead to life after football". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Black Celebrity Kids,babies,and their Parents » DAMIEN WOODY AND HIS FOOTBALL TEAM ‘TEAR IT UP’". Blackcelebkids.Com. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  8. ^ "Former Jet Damien Woody on tackling 'The Biggest Loser: Glory Days'". NJ.Com. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 

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