Will the Real Al Woods Please Stand Up?

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In which the author harks back to her mis-spent youth watching game shows, and digs up some info on the winner of the first preseason game ball.

Like most everyone else, including Pro Football Focus, I was impressed with Al Woods on Saturday night. He seemed to be up in the grill of the offense, play after play, and finished with an impressive nine tackles, including two for loss, one sack, and one pressure. This led to him being named the Digest Player of the Week by Steelers.com's Bob Labriola.

Although I've heard Woods' name bandied about for a while now, I'm afraid I never took the time or trouble to figure out who he was. So I decided to find out a bit more. But rather than me just reeling off a bunch of stuff, I thought it might be fun to have a multiple-choice quiz about Woods. I wish I could do it with cool radio buttons, like a poll, but that doesn't appear to be an option. So we're going old-school here! Which means no cheating! This is not an open-internet test : )

A. Which phrase or phrases was used of Woods in pre-NFL scouting reports?

  1. One of the top backup defensive linemen on the squad and in the SEC...
  2. At the moment, Woods is all style and not much substance.
  3. Rebounded with a half-decent senior campaign.
  4. Could also be a big asset on the offensive line should there be a need for him there.
  5. All of the above.
  6. Choices #1 and #4

B. Woods' full name is:

  1. Alvin Waldron Woods
  2. Adolphus Albert Woods
  3. Al Joseph Woods
  4. Alan Abdieso Woods
  5. Al Elton Woods
  6. None of the above

C. Woods was born in:

  1. Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  2. Paris, Texas
  3. East LA
  4. Birmingham, Alabama
  5. Jennings, Louisiana
  6. The USA

D. Woods was originally drafted by:

  1. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  2. the New Orleans Saints
  3. the Miami Dolphins
  4. the Atlanta Falcons

E. Woods was originally projected to go in the third round. He was actually taken in which round?

  1. Second
  2. Fourth
  3. Fifth
  4. Seventh
  5. He was undrafted.

F. Woods has played on which teams other than the Steelers? (Check all that are applicable)

  1. the Texas Rangers
  2. the Seattle Mariners
  3. the Seattle Seahawks
  4. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  5. the Pittsburgh Pirates
  6. the New Orleans Saints

G. The head coach of the team who drafted him said when Woods was cut:

  1. "He reminded me of a fat lazy tub of goo."
  2. "It's better to cut your losses now and give the roster spot to the player that earned it."
  3. "Ultimately we didn't feel confident enough with where he was at right now."
  4. "I really don't know why we picked [him] after watching him being pushed around."
  5. "We cut our losses early rather than living with that mistake for three years."
  6. "I was really surprised how slow he looked."
  7. All of the above.
  8. None of the above.

H. At LSU Woods majored in:

  1. Sports Psychology
  2. Communications
  3. Agricultural Leadership
  4. Liberal Studies
  5. General Studies
  6. Conservative Studies
  7. African-American Studies
  8. Accounting

I. After Woods was drafted his hometown held an "Al Woods Day." Some of the featured events/exhibits were:

  1. An ATV convo
  2. A fishing competition
  3. A pickup truck with a hot tub in the bed.
  4. A hush puppy fry
  5. A junior cheerleaders show
  6. A parade
  7. An autograph session
  8. All of the above
  9. Too many of the above to mention.
Well, that ought to do it. (It's going to have to do it, as personal information about Woods is remarkably difficult to come by. If you find some, let me know.) Want to know how you did? The answers are below:

A. #5 - all of the above; the comment about the offensive line was from his high school scouting report, the others the NFL scouting reports.
B. #3 - Al Joseph Woods. "Waldron," in case you were wondering, is an Australian name meaning "ruling raven." Look it up...
C. #5 - Jennings, LA. He went to high school in Elton, LA
D. #2 - the New Orleans Saints
E. #2 - fourth round - the Saints moved up seven spots to get him
F. #3 and 4. Woods was cut before the season began by New Orleans. The Steelers picked him up for their practice squad three days later. Tampa Bay signed him two months later. They cut him in September of 2011, and the Seahawks picked him up off waivers a day later. They waived him in November of 2011 and Pittsburgh claimed him the next day.
G. #3 - Sean Payton made that comment. The other quotes were from the comments to the article.
H. This was a bit of a trick question. He was listed as General Studies, with several major areas: African-American Studies, Communications Studies, and Sports Studies. Whatever "sports studies" means... And "Agricultural Leadership is a real major, at least in Kansas, in case you were wondering...
I: From the visual evidence (a gallery of photos taken by his girlfriend) and the Canal Street Chronicles article about it, there was a parade involving a lot of ATVs and a truck with a hot-tub in the bed. I'm sure there was other stuff, too. The only things I have no reason to believe happened are the fishing competition and the hush puppy fry. However, I have no reason to believe they didn't happen, either.

Well, there you have it, folks. If the real Al Woods wants to set the record straight on any point, let me know, and I'll share it with the fine folks on BTSC!
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