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Abe Woodson
Personal Information
Cornerback / Return specialist
Jersey #(s)
40, 42
Born (1934-02-15)February 15, 1934 in Jackson, Mississippi
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Died February 8, 2014(2014-02-08) (aged 79) in Las Vegas, Nevada
Career information
Year(s) 19571966
NFL Draft 1957 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
Professional teams
Career stats
Career highlights and awards

  • Pro Bowl selection (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)
  • All-Pro selection (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)

Abraham Benjamin Woodson (born February 15, 1934 in Jackson, Mississippi - died February 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was a former American football cornerback and kick returner who played nine seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the San Francisco 49ers. He also spent two years with the St. Louis Cardinals.[1] As a kick returner, there were few who were better. Of all kick returners in NFL history, his average of 28.7 yards per return is well ahead of any others who have returned over 5,000 yards worth of kicks. He had 193 returns for 5,538 yards. He was also dangerous on punt returns, averaging 9 yards a return in his prime with the 49ers.

Prior to joining the NFL, he played at the University of Illinois.

After leaving football, he worked as a life insurance agent. He was living in Las Vegas, where he served as a prison minister in connection with the Church of Christ, when he passed away.


  1. Abe Woodson.