New York Times Magazine (February 5, 2006)
Willie Wood was never the fastest defensive back on the field, but he was often the first to the ball. He was never given a fixed assignment; he really was a free safety. During a game, he felt like the quarterback of the Packers’ defense. His gift was for making judgments (about the flow of the play, the weaknesses of his teammates, the strengths of his opponents) and turning them into big hits and interceptions. The Packers listed him at 5-feet-10 and 190 pounds, but he weighed only 175. He made up for the missing pounds with instinct and need.