Haywood Jeffires

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Haywood Jeffires
No. 84
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-12-12) December 12, 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth: Greensboro, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Greensboro (NC) Page
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 535
Receiving Yards: 6,334
Touchdowns: 50
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Haywood Franklin Jeffires (pronounced "Jeffries"; born December 12, 1964) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. A 6'2", 198 lb (90 kg). wide receiver, Jeffires played in 10 NFL seasons from 1987 to 1996. Early in his NFL career his teammates referred to him as "Wood" or "Darkness", due to his charcoal complexion.[citation needed] Later in his career his teammates referred to him as "Freakwood".


Jeffires was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and attended high school at Walter Hines Page High School and college at North Carolina State University. From 1983 to 1986, he registered 111 receptions for 1,733 yards and 14 touchdowns at NC State. In the 1987 NFL Draft, Jeffires was the first selection for the Houston Oilers and the 20th pick overall.[1]

Jeffires played wide receiver for the Oilers between 1987 and 1996. He played most of his career with the Oilers during the "Run & Shoot" era with Warren Moon. The Run & Shoot also incorporated teammates Ernest Givins, Drew Hill, and Curtis Duncan. A 3-time Pro Bowl selection from 1991 to 1993, Jeffires led the AFC in receptions in 1991 with 100.

As of 2008 Jeffires is coaching the Bay Area Gamblers, a semipro football team in Pearland, Texas. Though his last name is spelled Jeffires, it is pronounced Jeffries, a fact that commentators often noted during broadcasts of games in which Jeffires was playing. 1991 Nintendo Entertainment System console game, Tecmo Super Bowl, incorrectly listed Jeffires' name as "Jeffries".


  1. ^ "Haywood Jeffires". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 30, 2013.