Former Argos, Als linebacker Bear Woods hired as head coach, athletic director of Alabama high school

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The Toronto Argonauts can cross another pending free agent off their list, as veteran linebacker Bear Woods appears to be walking away from pro football after 10 seasons in the CFL.

On Saturday, the Elmore County Board of Education voted to approve the hiring of Woods as the head coach and athletic director of Wetumpka High School. A native of Florida, Woods has made his offseason home in the small Alabama town for many years, having graduated from nearby Troy University.

The school finished 5-6 the last two season, having last played for the AHSAA Class 6A state championship in 2017.

The hiring likely brings to an end an illustrious CFL career for Woods, who first joined the Montreal Alouettes practice roster in 2011. He finally got on the field in 2013, going on to earn two CFL All-Star nods and the East nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2016 after recording the sixth-most tackles in a season in CFL history with 126.

Woods would jump to the Double Blue via free agency in 2017, eventually helping the Argos win the 105th Grey Cup. Unfortunately, the remainder of his career was hampered by injury and Woods was able to play seven games over the course of the next two seasons. He returned to the Argos in 2021, but spent the duration of the year on the six-game injured list.

The 35-year old has 376 defensive tackles, 15 sacks, three interceptions and six forced fumbles in 64 games for his career.