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John Wooten


John Benito Wooten

Inducted 2012

Date of Birth



Clarksville, TX


University of Colorado (1956-1958)


John Wooten earned first team All-America honors, the first Colorado lineman to do so when he was honored in 1958. A three-year letterman at guard, the AFCA named him an All-America his senior year. Chosen in the fifth round of the 1959 NFL Draft, Wooten played ten seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, appearing in 136 games. After retiring from football, Wooten had a long administrative career with the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens before retiring in 1998. He was named to Colorado’s All-Century Team in 1989, the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Wooten served as the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, which works to promote diversity in NFL coaching, front office and scouting staffs.


Height 6'2

Weight 235

Career Highlights

  • 1958 First Team All-America
  • 1957 All-Conference
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