Moment of silence for Jovante

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on August 15, 2010 – 8:56 am

The Bengals plan to honor the memory of Jovante Woods on Sunday night at Paul Brown Stadium before the 7 p.m. preseason game against Denver with a moment of silence.

In a statement Bengals president Mike Brown called the 16-year-old son of former running back Ickey Woods “a gifted athlete and a fine student.”

“His loss is a tragedy that saddens all of us associated with the Bengals. We extend our deepest condolences to Ickey and his family,” the statement said.

Jovante died Saturday night at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, three days after collapsing earlier in the week from an asthma attack. He had a 3.8 GPA heading into his junior year at Princeton High School in suburban Cincinnati and was scheduled to start at cornerback for the Vikings.

The game is live on NFL Network and it is tape delayed on Cincinnati’s Channel 12 at 11:30 p.m.

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Thoughts with Ickey and family

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on August 12, 2010 – 8:31 pm

Thoughts and prayers for the family of former running back Ickey Woods on Thursday night flooded Bengaldom with news that their 16-year-old son Elbert Jovante Woods is in critical condition. He collapsed at his home Wednesday when he had an asthma attack, according to a press release issued by the Princeton School District via The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Jovante Woods, a junior at Princeton, has complied a grade-point-average of 3.8 while playing football for the Vikings. His dad, Elbert “Ickey” Woods, is one of the most beloved of all Bengals  and his “Ickey Shuffle” during his rookie season of 1988 when he gained 1,066 yards and helped get the Bengals to the Super Bowl has made him one of the NFL’s all-time cult figures.

Ickey Woods stayed in Cincinnati after bad knees forced his early retirement in the early ‘90s and he’s now the head coach of the Cincinnati Sizzle women’s football team.

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