As part of a special pregame ceremony, the Kansas City Chiefs will honor the career of former Pro Bowl S Jerome Woods prior to Sunday’s game vs. the San Diego Chargers. Woods spent 10 seasons in a Kansas City uniform, playing 128 games (105 starts) after joining the club as its first-round pick (28th overall) in the ’96 NFL Draft.
“Jerome Woods played his entire career with the Chiefs, a rare occasion in today’s NFL,” Chiefs President Carl Peterson commented. “He was an excellent first-round draft choice who distinguished himself on and off the field. He was a Pro Bowl player who helped us win many football games over his time here. Chiefs alums were always important to our Founder Lamar Hunt. They continue the legacy he began back in ’60 when he founded this franchise and the American Football League. We’re delighted to have Jerome with us and look forward to seeing him here at Arrowhead again.”
Woods (6-3, 205) 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.
The Memphis, Tennessee native 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.
Woods tallied 219 tackles (125 solo), 10.0 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, 17 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles with a TD in two seasons at Memphis. He began his collegiate career at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Mississippi. The former prep defensive back and wide receiver caught 20 passes for 584 yards with eight TDs as a senior at Melrose High School in Memphis, Tennessee.