Stanley Anthony Woods (born October 11, 1965) is a former professional American football linebacker in the National Football League who played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1987 to 1992, as well as the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh.
Woods was born in Newark, New Jersey and played high school football at Seton Hall Preparatory School. While at Seton Hall, he was first-team All-State, first-team Parade All-American and first-team All-USA Today All-American his senior year. He played in two consecutive state football championship games, and his junior year team was undefeated (11-0), and ranked third in the state.
Woods attended and played college football at the University of Pittsburgh. As a senior, he had 109 tackles, inlcuding 18 tackles against Rutgers University. He finished his career as a second-team All-American with 242 tackles and 31 sacks.
Woods has the distinction of being the last player ever drafted by the United States Football League. With one year of college eligibility remaining, he was selected 92nd by the Houston Gamblers in the 12th round of the 1986 USFL Draft.
Woods was drafted with the 18th overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, and was the first ever New Jersey football player to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft. He played in Seattle from 1987 to 1992. In 1993, he was cut by the Seahawks at the end of training camp and signed with the Los Angeles Rams, where he played for one season. Woods then signed with the Washington Redskins, where he finished his career.
After retiring, Woods became a football coach. He was defensive coordinator on the first state football championship team at West Side High School in 2007.
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