Dwayne Goodrich

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Dwayne Goodrich
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Personal information
Born: (1978-05-29) May 29, 1978 (age 41)
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Oak Lawn (IL) Richards
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:16
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Dwayne Lewis Goodrich (born May 29, 1978) is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Tennessee.

Early years[edit]

Goodrich attended Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Under head coach Gary Korhonen, he played on offense as a tailback and on defense as a defensive back for the football team.[1] He also practiced track.[2]

As a senior, he had 41 tackles, 6 interceptions, 18 passes defensed and 563 rushing yards on 61 carries. He helped his team win 22 out of his last 25 games, receiving Parade All-America, USA Today All-America and Prep Football Report National Defensive Player of the Year honors.

College career[edit]

Goodrich would commit to play college football at the University of Tennessee under head coach Phillip Fulmer. He played for the Volunteers from 1996 to 1999 and was a three-year starter.[3] He was a backup cornerback as a true freshman, making 17 tackles, 2 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries (led the team). The next year, he started 10 out of 12 games, tallying 45 tackles (seventh on the team) and 4 interceptions (second on the team).

As a junior, he registered 41 tackles, 3 interceptions (second on the team) and 10 passes defensed (led the team). He became noteworthy after the 1999 Fiesta Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles. He was assigned to cover Florida State wide receiver Peter Warrick.[4] In the second quarter of the game, Goodrich intercepted a pass and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. The play helped Tennessee win the game by a score of 23-16 and the national championship.[5] Goodrich was the defensive MVP of the game.[6]

Goodrich earned a spot as captain during his senior season in 1999. As a senior, he suffered a back injury before the start of the season, which would limit his play going forward. He posted 34 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 6 passes defensed. He was suspended against Auburn University due to a team suspension. In recognition of his successful senior season, Goodrich received All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors.

He also practiced track & field as a freshman and sophomore, recording career-best times of 10.5 seconds in the 100 metres and 21.7 seconds in the 200 metres.

Professional career[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2000 NFL Draft without a first-round pick because of the trade that sent two first round choices to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for wide receiver Joey Galloway.[7] The team made cornerback a top draft priority, after considering the imminent departure of Deion Sanders and the injury history of Kevin Smith and Kevin Mathis.

The Cowboys selected Goodrich in the second round (49th overall) after he dropped because of a poor senior season,[8] which would be the first of their three cornerbacks selections. Kareem Larrimore, who was taken in the fourth round (109th overall) and Mario Edwards who was taken in the sixth round (180th overall), were the other two.

As a rookie, Goodrich suffered a strained left hamstring in training camp, that put him so far behind that he did not make his professional debut until November 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He appeared in five games that season.[9]

In 2001, he suffered a torn right achilles tendon in training camp and was placed on the injured reserve list on August 28. In 2002, he was mostly a reserve player and got a chance to start in his first NFL game. He appeared in 11 games that year.[10]

On February 20, 2003, Goodrich was waived after he was involved in a hit and run accident that killed two people. In three seasons he started in only one game and had no interceptions.[11]

Legal issues[edit]

On January 14, 2003, Goodrich was involved in a hit and run accident that killed two people. On January 15, he was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter in relation to the accident. Police believed that Goodrich struck and killed two motorists who were trying to rescue a man from a burning car on a North Dallas freeway.[12] Though witnesses claimed Goodrich was going 100 mph, the state's accident reconstruction expert at trial estimated that Goodrich's car struck the victims and driver door of the wreckage at a considerably lower speed of between 54 mph and 80 mph.[13]

On September 8, 2003, he was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and fined $20,000 for the accident. He was convicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide.

On January 9, 2006, prosecutors and relatives of the deceased victims successfully sought to add five years to his original seven and a half-year prison sentence. In court proceedings on January 9, 2006, in Dallas, the sole surviving victim of the January 2003 accident, Shuki Josef, requested permission to approach Goodrich to shake his hand. The gesture resulted in an emotion-filled embrace between the two men as Josef stated that he forgave Goodrich.[14]

During the trial, Goodrich was not proven to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident. Goodrich lost his brother Walter to a motorcycle accident in 2004. He was released from prison on October 5, 2011, after serving eight years due to his conviction of two counts of criminally negligent homicide.[15]


  1. ^ "1993-2011 All-Staters". The News-Gazette. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "96 Football Signees". Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dwayne Goodrich College Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Good, Rich Fodder For Highlight Reel". Chicago Tribune. January 5, 1999. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "28th Annual Fiesta Bowl - Fiesta Bowl". Fiesta Bowl. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cornerback Dwayne Goodrich". Dallas Observer. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  7. ^ Wilkening, Mike (February 12, 2015). "Fifteen years ago Thursday, the Cowboys traded two No. 1 picks, one of whom became an MVP". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "A second-round success story Cowboys feel lucky to draft Goodrich". Oklahoma News. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "Dwayne Goodrich 2000 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dwayne Goodrich 2002 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "Dwayne Goodrich Career Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "Goodrich turns himself in after fatal hit-and-run". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "GOODRICH v. STATE". FindLaw. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  14. ^ Tomaso, Bruce. "In a flash, former Dallas Cowboy Dwayne Goodrich snuffed out two lives — and forever changed his own". Dallas News. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  15. ^ "Goodrich goes from inmate to graduate". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 28, 2014.

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