Tom Woods (American football)

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Tom Woods
Thomas Smith Woods, Jr.png
Woods from the 1920 Harvard yearbook
Born:November 10, 1896 [1]
Boston, Massachusetts [1]
Died:January 8, 1978(1978-01-08) (aged 81)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Career information
Position(s) Guard
College Harvard College
Career history
As player
1919–1920 Harvard Crimson
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Smith Woods, Jr. (November 10, 1896 – January 8, 1978) was an American football player. He played for the Harvard Crimson football team and was selected as a consensus first-team All-American in 1920.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Harvard Crimson football football team of Harvard University

The Harvard Crimson football program represents Harvard University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Harvard's football program is one of the oldest in the world, having begun competing in the sport in 1873. The Crimson has a legacy that includes thirteen national championships and 20 College Football Hall of Fame inductees, including the first African-American college football player William H. Lewis, Huntington "Tack" Hardwick, Barry Wood, Percy Haughton, and Eddie Mahan. Harvard is the eighth winningest team in NCAA Division I football history.

Woods was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from Brookline High School. [1] He then attended Harvard College. However, his college education was interrupted by service in the United States Navy during World War I. He enlisted in April 1917, was commissioned as an ensign, and served on the U.S.S. Parthenia, U.S.S. Long Island, and U.S.S. Cleveland. [1]

Harvard College Main undergraduate school of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard College is the undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University. Founded in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world.

United States Navy Naval warfare branch of US Armed Forces

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most capable navy in the world and it has been estimated that in terms of tonnage of its active battle fleet alone, it is larger than the next 13 navies combined, which includes 11 U.S. allies or partner nations. It has the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, and two new carriers under construction. With 336,978 personnel on active duty and 101,583 in the Ready Reserve, the U.S. Navy is the third largest of the U.S. military service branches in terms of personnel. It has 290 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of June 2019, making it the third-largest air force in the world, after the United States Air Force and the United States Army.

World War I 1914–1918 global war starting in Europe

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the resulting 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

After the war, Woods returned to Harvard where he played college football at the guard position during the 1919 and 1920 seasons for the Harvard Crimson. [1] He was a consensus first-team selection on the 1920 College Football All-America Team. [2] [3] While at Harvard, Woods was also a member of the track team, Institute of 1770, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Fox Club, Phoenix Club, Hasty Pudding Club, Glee Club, Varsity Club, Iota Club, and Brookline High School Club. [1] Woods died on January 8, 1978 and was buried at Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. [4]

The 1920 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1920. The four selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1920 season are (1) Walter Camp (WC), whose selections were published in Collier's Weekly; (2) Football World magazine; (4) the International News Service, a news service operated by the Hearst newspapers; and (3) the Frank Menke syndicate (FM). Additional notable selectors who chose All-American teams in 1920 included Walter Eckersall (WE) of the Chicago Tribune, the United Press (UP), and The New York Times (NYT).

Delta Kappa Epsilon North American collegiate fraternity

Delta Kappa Epsilon (ΔΚΕ), commonly known as DKE or Deke, is one of the oldest North American fraternities, with 56 active chapters across America and Canada. The fraternity was founded at Yale College in 1844 by 15 sophomores who were disaffected by the existing houses on campus. They established a fellowship "where the candidate most favored was he who combined in the most equal proportions the gentleman, the scholar, and the jolly good fellow."

Hasty Pudding Club United States historic place

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Harvard Class Album 1920, Vol. XXXI, p.230
  2. "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 4. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  3. "Camp Picks Woods Alone of the Harvard Players: His Choice For All-American First Team Guard". Boston Daily Globe. December 16, 1920. p. 11.
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20140826115209/http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1978/1/12/former-grid-star-woods-dies-at/. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 24, 2014.Missing or empty |title= (help)