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A Sip of Coffee for Bill Wood – by Dave Steidel

Guest blogger, Dave Steidel, treats us to the story of Bill Wood, a short-time New York Jet.

For those of you who are old enough to remember the TV show The Naked City which ran from 1958 – 1963 you will recall that every show ended with the announcement that “there are 8 million stories in the Naked City, this has been one of them!”

Over the course of the AFL’s decade of existence, according to Ange Coniglio’s website, over 1,400 players wore AFL uniforms on game days.  The most notable are those who made it from start to finish, all ten years.  Even more notable are the three: Jim Otto, George Blanda and Gino Cappeletti, who played in all 14 games in every one of those ten seasons, with Otto getting the award for the most plays on the field.  Sprinkled over the years many books, newspapers and magazines wrote about Billy Cannon and the court cases over his contract, Lance Alworth and his Bambi-like leaping ability, Jim Otto as Mr. AFL, Len Dawson and his rise from the depths of the NFL unwanted list to AFL champion, Cookie Gilchrist’s bouts with coaches, Ben Davidson’s off-season motor cycle jaunts and of course, Joe Namath about anything and everything.  But among those 8 million stories in this Naked City, a.k.a the AFL, it is safe to say that there has never been a story written about Bill Wood…     … until now. read more