Draft prospect hopes to follow in dad's footsteps

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

Anthony Woodson is a chip off the old blocker.

Even before accepting his first handoff or hauling in his first pass, the Calgary Dinos speedster figured he was destined for a future in professional football.

“I’m pretty sure the second I came out of the womb, my dad put a football in my hands,” Woodson said.

“I think I started playing when I was 10 years old and, from then on, I knew that my goal was to play pro football.

“That’s what I’ve always dreamed of.”

On Sunday, Woodson’s dream could become closer to reality.

The 22-year-old offensive jack-of-all-trades is listed as a mid-round prospect for the CFL’s Canadian College Draft, the first step in his quest to follow his father’s footsteps.

Anthony Woodson Sr. spent five seasons earning his paycheques as a CFL linebacker, including tours with the Calgary Stampeders (1985-86) and Ottawa Rough Riders (1987-89). He also had a brief stint with the NFL’s Denver Broncos.

His son’s highlight tape is a bit outdated, too.

Woodson had a stellar sophomore season with the Dinos in 2007, winning the Canada West rushing crown with 1,183 yards, the second-highest single-season total in school history.

Then, the injury bug bit.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder was limited to just three appearances the following fall, gritting his teeth through the Canada West post-season despite broken ribs and a punctured lung.

He had shoulder surgery prior to last season then fractured his foot, which spoiled his hopes of returning to the turf for the playoff push.

Despite missing the better part of two campaigns, Woodson was invited to the CFL’s pre-draft camp, where he was interviewed by six squads. The versatile running back/receiver will find out Sunday if he caught their attention.

“My goal is really to just get a shot. Once I get the opportunity, I’ll make the most of it,” Woodson said. “I like to think of myself as a diamond in the rough at this point. My injuries kind of dropped my status or how high I could go in this draft, but I think I have a lot of talent and a lot to prove when I do get to the next level.”


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