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Roderick Woodson (Roderick Kevin Woodson)

Roderick Kevin Woodson is a former American football cornerback and safety who played in the National Football League (NFL) for seventeen seasons.


  • Ethnicity: His father, the late James Woodson, was African-American, and his mother, Linda Jo, was Caucasian.

  • Education

    • He played defensive back and a variety of offensive skill positions and was all-state his junior and senior seasons. In addition to football, he won both the high and low hurdles state championships in both his junior and senior seasons; and played varsity basketball his junior and senior seasons, making all-conference his senior year.

      Woodson accepted a full scholarship to play football at Purdue University, in part because of a desire to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. He played primarily as a defensive back and kick returner, but also saw time on offense as a running back and wide receiver. He was named an All-American defensive back in 1985 and 1986, and was a three time All-Big Ten first team selection. In his final collegiate game, Woodson gained over 150 combined rushing and receiving yards, in addition to making ten tackles and forcing a fumble, leading Purdue to a victory over arch-rival Indiana.

      In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, Woodson was also an accomplished track and field athlete at Purdue, and was twice awarded All-America honors.


    Major achievements

    • leading the National Football League in: yards per kick return, 1989
    • member of Super Bowl XXXV winning Baltimore Ravens, 2001


    Party affiliation: Republican Party


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Quotations: “In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.”- Woodson quotes

    “We need workers, not leaders. Such workers will solve the problems which race leaders talk about.”-Woodson quotes



    Sport & Clubs: Football


    Roderick   Woodson
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    Born March 10, 1965
    (age 52)
    • 1971 - 1973
      Nelson Snider High School
    • 1973 - 1979
      Los Alamitos High School
    • 1987 - 2003
      Purdue University
    • 1987 - 1996
      Player, Pittsburgh Steelers
    • 1997 - 1998
      player, San Francisco 49ers
    • 1998 - 2001
      Baltimore Ravens
    • 2001 - 2003
      Player, Oakland Raiders
    • 2007 - 2011
      Coach, Oakland Raiders
      Dublin, Ireland, Ireland



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