John Woodcock (American football)

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John Woodcock
No. 77, 90
Position: Defensive tackle/end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-03-19)March 19, 1954
Place of birth: Eureka, California
Date of death: August 23, 1998(1998-08-23) (aged 44)
Place of death: Fremont, California
Career information
College: Hawaii
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 70
Games started: 43
Fumble recoveries: 8
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

John Maurer Woodcock (March 19, 1954 – August 23, 1998[1]) was an American football defensive lineman who played professionally in the National Football League.

Early years[edit]

He attended Washington High School in Fremont, California.


Woodcock was a standout defensive tackle under Coach Larry Price at the University of Hawaii (1974–1975). He was a third-round selection in the 1976 NFL Draft of the Detroit Lions and went on to play for the Lions (1976–1980) and the San Diego Chargers (1981–1982).


He died from a heart attack at his home in Fremont at the age of 44. The song "In Every Age" was dedicated to his memory by sacred music composer Janèt Sullivan Whitaker.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Former UH star Woodcock dies". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. September 12, 1998. Retrieved 2009-05-28.