Street in Northwest Named After Football Hall of Famer

The block was named for Willie Wood, a former safety for the Green Bay Packers

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    A block in northwest Washington has been named for Willie Wood, a Hall of Fame safety for the Green Bay Packers.
     
    Friends & Family of Willie Wood, a support group for the 75-year-old Wood, had lobbied city officials to add Wood's name the N Street block of his childhood. The group has also pushed to have him recognized for his firsts, including being the first black head coach in the Canadian Football League.

      Wood was a star player at Armstrong High School and eventually landed at the University of Southern California. He went on to play in two winning Superbowls.
     
    The Washington Post  reports that Wood suffers from dementia and football injuries and that Friends & Family of Willie Wood has raised funds to help Wood pay medical bills.