INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- For the past month, Inglewood High School wide receiver Derrick Woods has been using a lot of his available free time serving as an assistant coach for the Inglewood Jets, perhaps the most prolific Pop Warner Youth Football program in the country.
The Jets have produced NFL players in DeSean Jackson, Orlando Scandrick and Lawrence Jackson, as well as NBA All-Stars Paul Pierce and Baron Davis. Woods also got his start with them -- he began playing football when he was 11 and joined the Jets at age 12.
"I played baseball before that, but I didn't enjoy it," Woods said. "I immediately loved everything about football. The adrenaline, the excitement, the band, the crowd, my teammates, my coaches -- I love it all."