- Gary Wood
caption=1967 Gary Wood football card
Taylor, New York
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New York Giants(1964-1966)
New Orleans Saints(1967)
* New York Giants (1968-1969)
Gary Fay Wood (
February 5, 1942— March 2, 1994) played professional American footballin the NFL from the year 1964 until the year 1969.
"quarterback was drafted out of Cornell Universityin the 1964 NFL Draftby the New York Giantsin the eighth round. Wood posted unremarkable stats in his time in the NFLwith a career completion percentage of 46.5% and a mediocre passer ratingof 54.5 [http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/players.nsf/ID/04510100] .
Wood was inducted into the
National Jewish Sports Hall of Fameon March 24, 1996[http://www.jewishsports.org/jewishsports/detail.asp?id=72] .
After graduating from Cortland High School in
Cortland, New YorkGary Wood had an outstanding career as the three-year starting quarterbackat Cornellbeginning in 1961, his sophomore season. Wood was the leading rusher and passer for the Big Red every year in which he was the starter.
Wood was elected
team captainin 1963 and continued to perform well for Cornell. During his senior year, Wood was elected to the Sphinx Head Society.
In 1964, he was picked in the 8th round of the
NFL Draftby the New York Giants(109th overall).
Wood had a decent
rookieseason for the Giants backing up starter Y.A. Tittle.
In 1967, Wood was picked up in the
expansion draftfor the New Orleans Saints. Wood played in only two games for the Saints in the 1967 season and was traded back to New York later for a draft pick.
Wood spent the remainder of his NFL career in New York backing up
He ended his NFL career in 1969 having played in 63 games.
After the NFL
NFLcareer had ended, Gary Wood played in the Canadian Football Leaguefrom 1970—1971 for the Ottawa Rough Riders.
Following his stint in the CFL, Wood opened an insurance firm in
New York Cityand helped build Temple Beth Torah in Melville, New York. He was inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
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