January 6, 2018 Happy Birthday Pierre Woods

2005 Michigan Football Team | bigbluefootballhistory.com
Pierre Woods (#99) is shown above with the 2005 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the first row – sixth man from the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

The main purpose of today’s post is to wish a very Happy Birthday to Pierre Woods. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Pierre Woods was born on this day at Cleveland, Ohio. We will take a closer look at the achievements of Pierre Woods after we take care of yesterday’s and today’s “trivia” business.

Part I. Trivia Question of the Day – January 5, 2018:

Who was the first Michigan Football player to die while still a student in Ann Arbor?

Part I. Trivia Question Answer for January 5, 2018: Cecil Gooding

Cecil Gooding was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and seemed destined to be a Michigan Wolverine. He was an excellent player at Ann Arbor High School. He enrolled at Michigan in 1901 and signed up to play for a new coach named Fielding Yost.

Sadly, after three impressive seasons at Michigan, Cecil Gooding became the first man in Michigan football history to die while still a student at Michigan. Apparently, Cecil drank some bad water during the trip to Chicago to play the last game of the season on November 26, 1903. He was very ill for about five weeks before he passed away at the age of twenty on January 5, 1904.

Cecil Gooding Michigan Football 1903

Cecil Gooding was an outstanding player who could have been an All-American if he had lived to play his senior season. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Cecil Gooding had many good things associated with his time at Michigan. He was a member of Fielding Yost’s first three teams. He was a member of Michigan’s first national championship team. Gooding was also on the first Michigan team to win eleven games. Finally, Cecil Gooding was the first man to start 12 consecutive games at guard in one season in 1903.

I believe that Cecil Gooding would have been a candidate for All-American honors if he lived to play the 1904 season. He was that good! So, today is a good day to remember Cecil Gooding and his contributions to the great history of Michigan Football. May he always rest in peace! Go Blue!



So, how are you doing so far? Did you get every question right? One? Two? Or, none? Good luck on today’s question!

Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – January 5, 2018:

What season did Michigan Stadium first host a crowd of over 100,000 people?

Part III. Wolverine Player of the Day: Pierre Woods

Pierre Woods grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and became a very good football player at Glenville High School in Cleveland. Woods earned second team USA Today High School All-American honors in his senior year. Although many schools wanted Pierre Woods, Lloyd Carr and Michigan earned his commitment.

Woods arrived in Ann Arbor in the fall of 2001, but he burned his red-shirt that first year. Pierre appeared in every game in 2002 on special teams. He also played some downs as a defensive end. He switched to outside linebacker in 2003 and made 13 starts on a Wolverine team that finished with a final record of 10 wins and 3 losses. Michigan posted a 7-1 conference record and seized the Big Ten Championship. Pierre earned second team All-Conference recognition from the coaches for his excellent play that season.

Pierre Woods Michigan Football 2005 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Pierre Woods earned four varsity letters and 2 Big Ten Championship rings at Michigan from 2002 to 2005. Photo courtesy of the 2005 Michigan Football Media Guide.

Pierre played a lot more Wolverine football in 2004 and 2005. He started 9 more games over the course of his final two seasons. He continued to be a versatile player, but couldn’t settle on one position.

Woods finished his career with 121 tackles (85 solo and 36 assists) and 9.5 sacks. He also broke up 3 passes, recovered 1 fumble and forced 4 more. Pierre Woods earned 4 varsity letters at Michigan and played on 2 Big Ten Championship teams. He helped the Wolverines win 36 games overall and 25 in the Big Ten.

Pierre Woods was a very good player on some outstanding Michigan Football teams from 2002 to 2005. He went on to a career in professional football upon graduation. Thanks to Pierre for his contributions to the great history that is Michigan Football. Congratulations Pierre and Happy Birthday. Go Blue.



About This Blog Site:

Welcome to today’s edition of the Michigan Football History and Trivia Blog. Thanks for following  this site. Like you, we are passionate about Michigan Football History. We love telling the story of the winningest program in college football history.

Yes, the recent “history” has been disappointing, for sure! Unfortunately, Jim Harbaugh isn’t a “miracle worker” after all. So, we must wait a little longer for the real “winning” to begin. I, for one, think that he will get the Wolverines back to playing at a championship level – in 2018! In the meantime, let’s support him and our wonderful players and hope that the coaching staff can “coach’em up” to consistently higher levels of play this year! Go Blue!

Just a reminder, this site is one-hundred percent, dedicated to the history of Michigan Football. We love the basketball teams, baseball, hockey, and every other sport that Michigan participates in. However, this site is about Wolverine Football History – everyday! That’s it, that’s what we do. Fortunately, Michigan Football has a great story to tell. So, we tell it one day, one player, one coach, and one game at a time.

This year we will continue to look at Michigan Football History through the lens of a “Wolverine of the Day” and one trivia question per day. We will test your knowledge of Wolverine Football with a wide range of questions about players, coaches or famous games or events in Michigan Football History. Thanks to Michigan’s rich history, there will be no shortage of questions.

There are plans to add some “Michigan Football Trivia” challenges later in the year. These challenges (15-25 questions) will test your Wolverine Knowledge against other Michigan Football fans. We will keep score on your efforts and offer some impressive prizes. Stay tuned for more information!

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher is a self-proclaimed Michigan Football Archeologist. He spends a considerable amount of his time digging into the 138-year history of Wolverine Football. He is on a mission to share his findings with Maize and Blue football fans everywhere. He is the author of one book about Michigan Football titled "21-194-13 Michigan Football's Greatest Era". His second book titled, "The Legend of Bo Schembechler-How an Unknown Buckeye Became the Winningest Coach in Michigan Football History" was released on September 12, 2017. You can learn something about Michigan Football everyday by going to his website at: bigbluefootballhistory.com. You can also follow him on Social Media.
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