WILLIE WOOD (SAFETY)
Wood was a college quarterback at USC who actually had to write a letter to Vince Lombardi to get a tryout with the Packers in 1960.
At his own request, the undrafted signee was moved to the other side of the ball where he reportedly competed against 24 other defensive backs to make the team.
He became the starting free safety in 1961 and never looked back, as he quickly became one of the league’s fiercest hitters and the team’s “surest” tackler, according to coach Lombardi.
Wood led the Packers in interceptions five times and was an eight-time Pro Bowler. What’s more, the Washington, D.C., native was also quite a punt return specialist and led the league with a 16.2-yard average and two touchdowns in his first year as a starter.
His interception against Len Dawson in Super Bowl I was one of the keys to victory. On his return, you can appreciate his agility and loose hips. Wood was a phenomenal athlete who could dunk a basketball at about 5-10.
This legendary UDFA was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.