Jerome Harlan Woods (born March 17, 1973 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a retired American football Safety (football position) who played his entire ten-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
With Kansas City, he produced 720 tackles (487 solo), 5.0 sacks (-27.0 yards), 15 interceptions for 282 yards with two touchdowns, 49 passes defensed, 29 QB pressures, four fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. He added 27 Special teams stops and 25 kickoff returns for 581 yards (23.2 avg.). His 720 career tackles with the Chiefs rank seventh in team history.
Collegiately, Woods played two seasons at the University of Memphis after transferring from Northeast Mississippi Community College. In two campaigns with the Tigers, he tallied 219 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, seven INTs, 17 pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries with one touchdown.
Woods was just the fifth player in Memphis history to be selected in the opening round of the NFL Draft, when we was selected by Kansas City in 1996 with the 28th overall pick.
Woods made a remarkable comeback in 2003 to earn his initial Pro Bowl nod after missing the entire 2002 campaign with a broken right leg. Woods started all 16 games in 2003, recording 99 tackles (68 solo), three interceptions for 125 yards with two touchdowns, nine passes defensed, one fumble recovery and three forced fumbles.
He played in seven games in 2005, registering three tackles and three special teams stops. Woods enjoyed four triple-digit tackle campaigns with the Chiefs, including a career-high 132 tackles in his first year as a starter in ‘97. He also registered a career-best four interceptions that season as the Kansas City defense led the NFL in scoring defense by allowing just 14.5 points per game.
Upon his request, Woods was released by the Chiefs prior to the 2006 season. Woods could not find a new team to sign with for 2006, and on June 7, 2007, it was announced that the Chiefs had signed Woods to a one-year contract, allowing him to officially retire as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Woods moved to the club’s Reserve/Retired list on June 8, 2007.
Woods also has 2 children: Jada, and Dylan.
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