Background and college
Born November 3, 1977 in Beaverdam, VA, Woody attended Patrick Henry High and earned all-state honors while leading his school to a 14-0 record and the 1994 Division 5 state championship. He also receiveded all-metro, all-region, and all-district accolades as well as USA Today All-American honorable mention honors. Woody then attended Boston College, where he was a three-year starter (1996-98) and was responsible for making the offensive line blocking calls throughout his Boston College career. While at Boston College, Woody earned All-Big East Conference first-team honors in 1998 as a junior after starting every game at center. He also started all 11 games during his sophomore season and was voted All-Big East second team choice.
Before the Jets
Woody was selected by the New England Patriots with the 17th pick overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. Woody would go on to start 76 games with the Patriots, mostly at center. As the anchor of the New England offensive line, Woody was a member of two Super-Bowl-winning teams, in 2001 and 2003. He did not play in Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers because of a knee injury. In 2002, he earned his first career Pro Bowl selection. Woody signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions in March 2004 and started every game in the 2004 season. His play earned him a selection as a Pro Bowl alternate in 2004. He was an ever present again in 2005, but in 2006, after starting the first five games of the season at right guard, a foot injury resulted in his being placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Woody began the 2007 season as the starting right guard. After overcoming a rib injury, he worked his way back on to the field, and finished the season as the team’s starting right tackle.
As a Jet
He and his wife, Nicole, have three daughters, Kamille, Jalynn and Alexandra.