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Woody dies

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by mac daddyo, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    Woody widenhofer the long time assistant coach for the Steelers during the 70s has died. RIP coach. Many of us older members probably remember him.:drinks::cool:
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  2. jeh1856


    Oct 26, 2011
    This is the guy who made a living bossing Jack Lambert around as LB coach.
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  3. groutbrook


    Oct 23, 2016
    Sad news. I remember him as the Steelers defensive coordinator in the early 80's.
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  4. Hanratty#5

    Hanratty#5 Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2019
    Woody was a native of Butler, PA. Also the DC before him George Perles died a couple of months ago in January.
  5. mytake

    mytake Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2016
    Woody's most infamous game had to be when he was head coach at Missouri. Missouri had Colorado beat and future Steelers wide receiver Charles Johnson was the Buffalo's QB. In a frantic series of plays, Johnson spiked the snap, but the officials failed to change the down marker. Colorado would end up getting an extra play and scored on 5th down. Widenhofer had started to turn Missouri's program around, but after that game, all the momentum of the program was sucked out of the air.

    He knew how to coach defense though.
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  6. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2011
  7. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    Didn't know that about perles. Sad. There was some football knowledge lost with those two.:cool:
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  8. JAD

    JAD Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Great defensive coach, worked the linebackers as good as anybody.
  9. steel machine

    steel machine Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2017
    I remember how much me and my friends use to goof on his name. Of course we called him Woody Woodpecker.
  10. Ben There

    Ben There Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2011
  11. NE Missouri Steeler

    NE Missouri Steeler Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    I was recruited by Woody's Wagon in 1987 as a walk on, but I took the D2 money. I will try to find the letters. Anyway, he was a good recruiter. He had some bad luck when nations top RB, TVZ, out of STL who was going to Mizzou blew out ACL in summer all star game. Plus, the guy had to work for 3 athletic directors and 2 chancellors in his 4 years. 5th down game was another typical things that happens in COMO. He was a Mizzou alum and so wanted to turn it around. RIP Coach

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