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Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Willie Wood Photo

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Beautiful 8x10 image signed by 5-time World Champion Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer Willie Wood.  After graduating from Armstrong High School in Washington, D.C. in 1956, Wood went west and played college football in southern California, playing his freshman year at Coalinga Junior College and was a junior college All-American. He transferred to USC in 1957 and played for the Trojans under first-year head coach Don Clark. While there, he was the first African American quarterback in the history of the Pacific Coast Conference and its successor AAWU, now the Pac-12 Conference.

Wood was not selected in the 1960 NFL draft. After he wrote a letter to head coach Vince Lombardi to request a tryout, the Packers signed him as a rookie free agent in 1960. After a few days with the quarterbacks, he requested a switch to defense and was recast as a free safety. He quickly became a starter and started until his retirement in 1971.

Wood won All-NFL honors nine times in a nine-year stretch from 1962 through the 1971 season. He participated in the Pro Bowl eight times and played in six NFL championship games; winning all except the first in 1960.

Wood was the starting free safety for the Packers in Super Bowl I against the Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl II against the Oakland Raiders. In Super Bowl I, he recorded a key interception that helped the Packers put the game away in the second half. In Super Bowl II, he returned five punts for 35 yards, including a 31-yard return that stood as the record for longest punt return in a Super Bowl until Darrell Green's 34-yard return in Super Bowl XVIII. He led the NFL in interceptions and punt return yards in 1962.

Wood finished his 12 NFL seasons with 48 interceptions, which he returned for 699 yards and two touchdowns. He also gained 1,391 yards and scored two touchdowns on 187 punt returns. He holds the record for the most consecutive starts by a safety in NFL history. Wood retired as a player after the 1971 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Packers Hall of Fame in 1977.

Please call me (Rick Moncher) at 310-403-8282 from 10:30am-midnight CST (I'm in Santa Monica, CA) 7 days a week if you have any questions and I will be happy to be of service.

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