Tony Woods
No. 57, 91, 98
Position:Linebacker / Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1965-09-11) September 11, 1965 (age 57)
Newark, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:282 lb (128 kg)
Career information
High school:West Orange (NJ) Seton Hall
NFL Draft:1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:147
Games started:125
Quarterback sacks:24.5
Fumbles recovered:8
Player stats at · PFR

Stanley Anthony Woods (born October 11, 1965) is a former professional American football linebacker and defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1987 to 1992, as well as the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins.[1] He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh.[2]

Early life

Woods was born in Newark, New Jersey and played high school football at Seton Hall Preparatory School.[3][4] 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.[5]

College career

Woods attended and played college football at the University of Pittsburgh. As a senior, he had 109 tackles, including 18 tackles against Rutgers University. He finished his career as a second-team All-American with 242 tackles and 31 sacks.[4]

Professional career


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.[6]


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.[5] 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.

Personal life

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.[5] He then spent time as the defensive line coach at William Paterson University. He is currently an assistant coach at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, where he attended high school.


  1. ^ NFL Stats.Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  2. ^ Pitt Football's All-Time First Team All-Americans.Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  3. ^ 1989 Seton Hall HOF.Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  4. ^ a b via Associated Press. "Seahawks get linebacker in first round", Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 28, 1987. Accessed March 10, 2011. "Woods, 21, is from Seton Hall Prep in Newark, N.J."
  5. ^ a b c "Stanley 'Tony' Woods" (PDF). New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  6. ^ "1986 USFL Draft Pick Transactions". Retrieved 2015-05-14.