John Goode | YSU Athletics Hall of Fame

John Goode | YSU Athletics Hall of Fame

John Goode

  • Football (1980-83)
  • Inducted 1994

When asked to name an all-time football team during the first 50 years of intercollegiate play at Youngstown State University (1938-88), a player who would arguably be selected to that team is John Goode.

A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, he played scholastically for legendary high school coach Augie Bossu at Benedectine High School, inking a national letter-of-intent to attend Youngstown State University in the fall of 1980.

He played for the Penguins and Head Coach Bill Narduzzi from 1980-83, starting out as a wide receiver/ kick and punt return specialist, being switched to tight end where he made a name for himself that would ultimately pave his way to the National Football League.

As a freshman during the 1980 season, he was used sparingly, playing in seven of the team's 11 games, the team posting a disappointing 2-8-1 overall mark after earning runner-up laurels the previous season when they dropped a hard fought 35-21 decision to the University of Delaware in the Zia Bowl (the Division II Championship Game) in Albuquerque, N.M., Goode caught 13 passes for 174 yards, an average of 13.4 per reception with one touchdown

In 1981 as a sophomore, the Penguins' first season in the Ohio Valley Conference, he helped Narduzzi's "11" to a 7-4 overall ledger, catching 22 passes for 394 yards and three touchdowns, an average of 17.9 per reception. His big play capabilities were never more evident than the day he caught an 85-yard touchdown pass from Jamie DeVore during a 24-21 win at Delaware. To this day, that play ranks as the longest passing play in YSU grid history. Big plays seemed to be the order of the day for Goode in 1981. He also registered a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown as well.

The 1982 grid campaign was a special one for Goode and the entire Penguin team for it marked the opening of the Stambaugh Stadium, the new sports complex and the permanent home of YSU football. He played in just seven of the squad's 11 games, missing four due to injury but still caught 14 passes for 205 yards, an average of 14.6 per catch and one touchdown

During his senior season in 1983, he played like a man on a mission and that mission was to be the best that he could be, hoping to stay injury free and rebound from an injury riddled junior campaign. The team was 4-7 overall, but he led the team in receptions with 46 for 974 yards, an average of 21.2 per reception with 11 touchdowns to his credit. The 974 yards receiving is still the third most receiving yards in a single season while for his four- year career, he caught 95 passes for 1,747 yards, an average of 18.4 per catch with 16 touchdown receptions to his credit.

He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals after his senior season, and also played with the Philadelphia Eagles as well.

Currently in the Production Department with Ford, he and his wife Fatimah have three sons, Tariq, Wakeem and Najee.