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BCHS standout starting in Canadian football league

Je suis Bear Woods avec Les Alouettes.

That’s probably how former Wildcat football player Bear Woods has taken to introducing himself lately. Woods, who starred at Troy University in Alabama, is a starting linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Woods signed with Montreal in September, just in time to suit up for the Grey Cup playoffs. Although the Alouettes lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the semi-finals, the Als, as they are called in Canada, were bullish enough on Woods to release starting middle linebacker Ramon Guzman.

Woods entered this month’s CFL training camp penciled in as the starter in the all-important middle linebacker position. The middle linebacker is the quarterback of the defense and Woods’ intelligence, drive and intensity has been a selling point for Montreal.

The Als open their pre-season this weekend against Winnipeg and next against Toronto before taking on Calgary in the season opener on July 2. Lots of eyes will be on the new middle linebacker although he is already becoming a fan favorite.

Fans love his name – Bear Woods — and the Montreal papers put him near the top of what they called the CFL Name Game – the best-named football players in the league.

The BCHS grad is also immediately recognizable with his bright red dreadlocks and intense ball hawking skills that have been a signature of his play through high school and college.

Woods had a brief stint with the Atlanta Falcons and was on their practice squad two years ago. But for the time being it looks as if his football future may be with the CFL.

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