symbolic renaming of the unit block of N St NW

See this item from DC Council Chair Kwame Brown’s 12/17/2011 e-newsletter regarding the symbolic renaming of the unit block of N Street NW:

Willie Wood Way: Dedicating a Street to a Hero

It was a proud day in the Council Chamber when we were honored to welcome the legendary Green Bay Packers free safety Willie Wood at a hearing in consideration of legislation introduced by Mayor Vincent C. Gray to symbolically designate the unit block of N Street, NW between First Street, NW, and New York Avenue NW, as “Willie Wood Way”

One of the most exceptional players in the history of the National Football League, Mr. Wood was born December 23, 1936 and raised in the District of Columbia, where much of his character was molded at the Metropolitan Police Boys Club No. 2 and at the playground across the street from his home–New York Avenue Recreation Center.

Willie Wood excelled in baseball and football at Armstrong High School and played quarterback and defensive back for three seasons at the University of Southern California. Signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 1960, he developed into a premier free safety and punt returner during a 12-year career with the Packers. He played in eight Pro Bowls, six NFL championship games, and was the starting free safety for Green Bay in the first two Super Bowls. Wood, who led the NFL in punt returns in 1961 and interceptions in 1962, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

The bill celebrates Wood’s athletic career, and serves as a testament to his personal perseverance and fortitude. He followed his dream to the NFL, never forgot his origins in the District of Columbia, and has served as a noteworthy role-model for generations of aspiring athletes.

Currently living in an assisted-care facility in the District, Wood has had many medical procedures as a result of his being injured during his NFL career and suffers from dementia.


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