Mike Wooten (American football)

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Mike Wooten
No. 60
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-10-23) October 23, 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth: Roanoke, Virginia
Career information
High school: Smithfield-Selma
College: Virginia Military Institute
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Michael Carroll Wooten (born October 23, 1962 in Roanoke, Virginia) is a former American football center in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the Virginia Military Institute.

Early life[edit]

Wooten was born in Roanoke, Virginia. His family moved to Smithfield, North Carolina in 1969 when his father, Carroll Wooten, was hired as an assistant principal and assistant football coach at Smithfield-Selma High School.[1] While attending Smithfield-Selma, Wooten participated in football, wrestling and track. In football, he was an all-state and all-conference selection at tight end and defensive end, playing in the North-South All-Star Game after his senior season.[1] He graduated in 1981.

College career[edit]

Wooten attended and played college football at the Virginia Military Institute. His senior year he was selected as co-captain and received pre-season all-American honors. He graduated with a degree in economics before being commissioned as a Second lieutenant in the United States Army.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Wooten played for the Washington Redskins in 1987 season. The 1987 season began with a 24-day players' strike, reducing the 16-game season to 15. The games for weeks 4–6 were won with all replacement players, including Wooten. The Redskins have the distinction of being the only team with no players crossing the picket line.[2] Those three victories are often credited with getting the team into the playoffs and the basis for the 2000 movie The Replacements.

NCAA Official[edit]

Wooten is now a football referee in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the position of umpire and he was selected to officiate the 2008 ACC Championship Game in Tampa, Florida.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Wooten was named to the Johnston County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He is married and has two children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Football shapes the life of Citizen of the Year Mike Wooten". Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce. February 3, 2011. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Gibbs' first job is to tame Snyder". USA Today. 2004-01-07. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Boston College vs Virginia Tech (Dec 06, 2008)". TheACC.com. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 

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