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  65  Damien Woody  C

  Height: 6-3   Weight: 320
  Year: 5   Yrs/Pat: 5
  Acquired: D1a-99 (17th overall)
  School: Boston College
  Major: Sociology
  Born: Nov 3, 1977  Beaverdam  Va.


Damien Michael Woody was born the son of Nancy and Wayne Starkes on Nov. 3, 1977 in Beaverdam, Va. ... He attended Patrick Henry (Beaverdam, Va.) High and earned all-state honors ... He led his school to a 14-0 record and the 1994 Division 5 state championship ... Captured all-metro, all-region, and all-district accolades ... Earned USA Today All-American honorable mention honors ... Member of the Roanoke Times Top 25 and the Richmond Times-Dispatch Top 30 ... Majored in sociology at Boston College ... Damien and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Kamille and Jalynn.

Career Transactions

Damien Woody was drafted by the Patriots with their first of two first-round draft choices in the 1999 NFL Draft (17th overall) ... The pick was obtained from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for the Patriots first-round pick (20th overall Ebenezer Ekuban), third-round pick (82nd overall Karsten Bailey) and sixth-round pick (191st overall James Dearth).

Career Highlights

Career GP/GS: 64/62 (3/3)

Part of a Patriots offensive line that has not allowed a sack in four games in 2002, the first time the Patriots have accomplished that feat since 1995.

Woody is one of only three players to play in all 48 games for the Patriots over the past three years (Lawyer Milloy and Adam Vinatieri).

Opened holes for the Patriots running game, which improved to the 12th ranked rushing attack in the NFL (112.2 yards per games) from the 26th (86.9) in 2000.

Woody helped pave the way for running back Antowain Smith’s four 100-yard games during the 2001 season. It was the highest single-season total since Robert Edwards recorded four in 1998.


Woody was a three-year starter at Boston College (1996-98) ... Responsible for making the offensive line blocking calls throughout his Boston College career. 1998 (Junior): Started every game at center and collected 73 knockdowns for a Boston College offense that averaged 411.5 yards per game ... Earned All-Big East Conference first-team honors ... Opened holes for running back Mike Cloud, who led the Big East and ranked third in the country with 1,787 yards rushing (156.9 ypg) ... Paved the way for Cloud’s school record 10 100-yard games. 1997 (Sophomore): Started all 11 games during his sophomore season and was voted All-Big East second team choice ... He was an important component of an offensive line that helped three different Eagle running backs register a combined seven 100-yard rushing games. 1996 (Freshman): Started the first nine games at center and registered 53 knockdowns as the Eagle offense totaled 4,253 yards. 1995: Red-shirted as a freshman.


Pro-Bowler Woody was the spokesman for Junior Achievement of New England.

Damien hosted a PSA for schools in New England (showing them the different jobs people can grow up to do); he participated in their fundraising efforts and still does today.

Last year, Damien presented more than 4,500 cans of Campbell's Chunky Soup to the Greater Boston Food Bank as part of Chunky's NFL Tackling Hunger Program.

2002 Season

2002 (16/15): Started 15 of 16 games on the offensive line and was selected to his first Pro Bowl … Part of offensive line that allowed only 31 sacks in 2002, the lowest total since 1997 (30) … Part of a Patriots offensive line that did not allow a sack in four games in 2002, the first time the Patriots accomplished that feat since 1995 … Earned his first Pro Bowl selection. N.Y. Jets (9/15): Started at center in the Patriots 44-7 win over the Jets in New York … Part of an offensive line that allowed no sacks on 35 passing attempts and cleared the way for a season-high 163 yards rushing. Buffalo (11/3): Started at center as part of an offensive line that blocked for its first 100-yard rusher of the season as Antowain Smith rumbled for 111 yards in the Patriots 38-7 win over the Bills. Detroit (11/28): Started at center in the Patriots 20-12 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving Day … Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack on 30 pass plays … Helped the Patriots march forward on a 17-play, 74-yard drive that chewed up the final 9:46 and helped New England preserve the win. Buffalo (12/8): Part of an offensive line that allowed no sacks and paved the way for 92 yards rushing in the Patriots 27-17 win over the Bills … Offensive line allowed no sacks for the second week in a row and the fourth time in 2002.

2001 Season

Started 15 of 16 regular season games on the offensive line and was selected to Dr. Z’s All-Pro team in Sports Illustrated, as well as earning second-team All-Pro honors from Football Digest … Woody rotated to guard and Mike Compton moved to center in shotgun formations during the season. Indianapolis (9/30): Played but did not start for the first time in his three-year career … Blocked for a rushing attack that gained 177 yards on 39 carries (4.5 avg.) and scored three touchdowns … Made key block on 38-yard screen pass to Antowain Smith that set up a Kevin Faulk 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. San Diego (10/14): Started at left guard as the team opened in a shot-gun formation and played his normal center position for most of the game … Helped power the offense to a season-high 30 first downs and 374 yards of total offense. Indianapolis (10/21): Started at center and anchored offensive line that led the way for 123 yards rushing and did not allow a sack … Threw a key block on David Patten’s reverse for a 29-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Atlanta (11/4): Blocked for a rushing attack that accumulated 135 yards rushing on 34 carries (4.0 avg.), including the team’s first 100-yard rusher of the year (Smith – 117 yards). Buffalo (11/11): Cleared the way for the Patriots 134 yards rushing on 31 carries (4.3 avg.), including Smith’s second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance … It was the first time a Patriots running back recorded consecutive 100-yard games since Robert Edwards in 1998 (12/13/98 – 12/20/98). New Orleans (11/25): Helped lead the offense to a season-high 432 yards of total offense, including 191 yards rushing on 38 carries (5.0 avg.) and their third 100-yard rusher in four games (Smith’s 111 yards) … Led the way down the field along with guard Mike Compton on Smith’s 44-yard screen pass for a touchdown. Miami (12/22): Powered the Patriots offense to a season-high 196 yards rushing on 44 carries (4.5 avg.) and their fourth 100-yard rusher of the season (Smith’s 156 yards). Oakland (1/19): Started at center in his first career postseason game and the Patriots accumulated 365 total yards of offense in their 16-13 overtime victory … The offensive line yielded only two sacks on 52 pass attempts against the Raiders. St. Louis (2/3): Started at center and was part of an offensive line that led the way for a game-high 133 yards rushing on 25 attempts (5.3 avg.) in the Patriots 20-17 victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.

2000 Season

Started every game at center and was one of two offensive linemen to start every game (Bruce Armstrong) ... Centered an offensive line that eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in six games. N.Y. Jets (9/11): Paved the way for the Patriots first 100 yard rushing performance of the season as the offense gained 100 yards on 34 carries. Minnesota (9/17): Helped lead the offense to their second consecutive 100-yard rushing game, accumulating 103 yards on 18 carries. Denver (10/1): Powered the Patriots to 314 total yards and their first win of the season 28-19. Indianapolis (10/8): Won the battle on the line of scrimmage as the Patriots totaled 118 yards rushing and 301 total yards in 24-16 victory. Indianapolis (10/22): Cleared the way for the Patriots second-highest rushing performance of the season, 155 yards, as they achieved season-highs in total rushes (24) and rushing first downs (11) … Offensive line did not surrender a sack against the Colts. Kansas City (12/4): Helped lead the Patriots to 368 total yards, their second highest output during the season ... New England also accumulated 24 first downs, which tied a season-high and set a season-high with 15 passing first downs. Buffalo (12/17): Blocked for rushing attack which amassed a season-high 189 rushing yards ... Part of offensive line that surrendered only one sack. Miami (12/24): Provided ample time for Drew Bledsoe to set a season-high with 311 yards passing ... Bledsoe was only sacked once in 35 pass attempts against Miami ... The offensive line only allowed two sacks during the final 83 pass attempts of the season.

1999 Season

Started every game and earned All-Rookie Team honors from Pro Football Weekly, College & Pro Football Newsweekly, Football News and Football Digest ... He was the only rookie to start every game for the Patriots … Only the fourth offensive lineman to start every game as a rookie since 1973 (John Hannah, 1973, Bruce Armstrong, 1987, Pat Harlow, 1991) … Woody was the first center to be drafted in the first round (17th overall) since Cleveland selected Steve Everitt in the first round (14th overall) in 1992 ... In addition, he was the second offensive lineman chosen in the 1999 draft ... Centered an offensive line that rolled up 400 yards of offense in three games and allowed for over 100 yards rushing in six games ... The Patriots were 4-2 in those games. N.Y. Jets (9/12): One of three rookie starters (along with Andy Katzenmoyer and Kevin Faulk) for the Patriots-the most by a Patriots team since 1993 ... Helped the team roll up 396 yards of offense and 30 total points to secure a two-point victory in the season opener. Indianapolis (9/19): Paved the way to the Patriots first 400-yard game of the season and another dramatic come-from-behind victory as the Patriots rattled off 24 unanswered second half points to claim their second victory of the season, 31-28 ... Reeled off a season-high 26 first downs in the game. Cleveland (10/3): Established a season-high with 451 yards of total offense in a 19-7 victory over the Browns. Denver (10/24): Helped lead the Patriots to their first victory over the Broncos in 19 seasons and led an offensive charge that totaled 133 rushing yards in the game. Arizona (10/31): Won the battle of the trenches with 142 yards rushing ... It was their second consecutive 100-yard game, their only back-to-back 100-yard rushing games of the season ... Powered their way to a 27-3 victory. Dallas (12/5): Centered an offensive line which helped power the offense to over 100 yards rushing for the fifth time of the year and sheltered quarterback Drew Bledsoe, allowing just one sack. Buffalo (12/26): Battled Buffalo’s top-rated defense and won the ground assault by compiling a season-high 158 yards rushing (4.6 avg.).