Played five years in the NFL (1961-65) as an offensive guard
"My desire to be an artist overshadowed any desire to play football," says Barnes, who has five children and lives in Studio City, Calif., with wife Bernie.
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The night before a game against the Cleveland Browns in September 1988, Elbert (Ickey) Woods was at home when he began shuffling to the beat of Bobby Brown's My Prerogative. "When I score tomorrow," he told his mom, Sylvia Taylor, "I'm going to do this dance in the end zone." Never mind that the Cincinnati Bengals' rookie running back had carried the ball only six times (for 15 yards) in three career games. "I always said that once I got to the NFL," Woods says, "I could pretty much do whatever I wanted."
For one enchanted season that was true. Woods scored twice against Cleveland and finished his rookie year with 1,066 yards, 15 touchdowns and one dance craze. The Ickey Shuffle—arms outstretched, hop twice to the left, hop twice to the right, spike the ball, then twirl your right index finger in the air while swiveling your hips and hollering "Woo! Woo! Woo!"—inspired songs, T-shirts and TV commercials. Ickey's ride extended to Super Bowl XXIII, which the Bengals lost to the San Francisco 49ers. Two knee injuries and a mere 459 yards later, however, Woods was out of the NFL for good in 1992 at age 26.
For a few years he did more scuffling than shuffling—including a stint selling meat door-to-door—but now the 35-year-old has found contentment as a salesman for Pre-Paid Legal Services, which, for a monthly premium, provides low-cost access to attorneys. He and his wife, Chandra, and their six children (ages five through 18) live in Cincinnati, where the Ickey name still looms large. Even today Woods believes his NFL career is worth celebrating. "I had a wonderful time," he says. "I was fortunate to make it to the Super Bowl my rookie year. A lot of guys never accomplish that, even in 10 years."
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