For Cowboys defensive lineman Antwaun Woods, the journey from growing up in Los Angeles to America’s team has not always been an easy one.
“I grew up in the jungle, probably one of the most-dangerous parts of L.A.,” Antwaun said. “I got into some trouble.”
“It lives up to its name, the jungle,” Antwaun’s father Phillip Woods said. “There is poverty, low income, no income, drugs. One day you have a friend, the next day they’re gone.”
Because of the crime-filled environment at home, Antwaun’s father, Phillip, made the decision to bus his son almost two hours each way out of the jungle for school, sending him to Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills, California, north of Los Angeles.
“He was mad, he was hot about that one,” Phillip said. “It taught him there was more than just the neighborhood. There was more out there for him to go out and get.”
“That ended up being the best decision (my dad) ever made,” Antwaun said. “He raised me in a society that not a lot of fathers raise their child, and for that, I respect him. He means a lot to me.”
Phillip’s decision to send his son to Taft opened the door for Antwaun to attend his dream college, playing football for the USC Trojans in the Los Angeles Coliseum, the same stadium he will play in Saturday night now as a starter for the Dallas Cowboys.
Antwaun Woods shared a photo on social media of him preparing for an operation. It turns out he was undergoing surgery for an injury suffered during the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff game last weekend.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Woods tore a labrum during the second quarter of Dallas’ game against the Los Angeles Rams and played the rest of the game with the injury.
Woods was undrafted coming out of USC and began his career with the Titans, playing in one game in 2016. He surprisingly made the Cowboys’ roster this year and had 34 tackles in 15 games as the starting nose tackle.
It’s moments like this that help a young player earn profound respect and admiration from his teammates and coaches. Woods already earned much of their respect with some of his play on the field this season, and this should only strengthen that among his peers.
According to the report, Woods underwent surgery to repair the torn labrum on Thursday. Hopefully he is able to make a full recovery and be healthy for the final year of his contract before becoming a free agent in 2020.
Now this is what you call adding insult to injury. After the Dallas Cowboys roughed up Jameis Winston en route to a 27-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that won them the NFC East, a Dallas D-lineman thought it would be a perfect opportunity to troll the Bucs’ QB. So that’s what Antwaun Woods did, “eating a W” right in Winston’s face.
”Eat a W” of course became famous when this ridiculous video surfaced of Winston’s pregame speech to his Bucs teammates.
Man, talk about egg on your face — almost as bad as crab legs in your pockets.
Winston has played well during the second half of the season after playing terribly when he returned from his suspension, forcing Tampa Bay into a tough decision regarding whether or not to keep their quarterback. But considering how much money he’s owed, it’s likely that Tampa Bay will move on from Winston.
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods has been fined by the NFL for taunting.
Woods was fined $10,026 for celebrating Dak Prescott’s two-point conversion pass to Michael Gallup last Sunday against the New York Giants. The pass gave the Cowboys a 36-35 lead with just over a minute left on the clock.
Many of USC’s defensive players are shifting to new positions in the Trojans’ “52” scheme.
Morgan Breslin and Devon Kennard are morphing from ends to hybrid linebackers. Leonard Williams moves from tackle to end.
Meantime, third-year sophomore Antwaun Woods keeps working at his craft as a nose tackle.
“No difference in my world,” he said Tuesday.
The 6-foot, 310-pound Woods started the first four games last season and then played as a reserve, finishing with 4 1/2 tackles for losses, including three sacks.
Coaches and teammates said Woods is among the Trojans’ most knowledgeable players.
“He’s a very smart kid,” defensive line coach Ed Orgeron said.
Woods’ has a simple goal this season.
“Just being accountable,” he said. “Knowing that I’m in there, I’m going to get the job done.”
Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford is facing up to 60 days in jail if convicted of a misdemeanor unlawful assembly charge stemming from a March bar fight.
On March 15, Crawford was filmed at the Coyote Ugly Saloon in Panama City Beach, Florida, fighting with bouncers. He reportedly also pushed two police officers:
The brawl reportedly occurred after Crawford and his party were told to stay outside the bar since members of Crawford’s party were allegedly bothering a female bartender.
The 29-year-old Crawford is coming off a strong 2018 season that saw him register 34 tackles, four tackles for loss and a career-high 5.5 sacks.
Crawford, who can play anywhere on the defensive line, ranked third on the team in sacks behind only Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.
The Windsor, Ontario, Canada, native has spent his entire seven-year NFL career with the Cowboys since they selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Boise State.
Crawford is penciled in as a key part of Dallas’ defensive tackle rotation entering 2019 along with Maliek Collins, Antwaun Woods and rookie second-round pick Trysten Hill.
With veteran Robert Quinn joining a defense end group that already includes Lawrence and 2017 first-round pick Taco Charlton, Crawford will primarily be tasked with generating pressure up the middle, which is something he has excelled at throughout his career with 22 sacks to his credit.
Crawford is next scheduled to appear in court in June.