Dick Wood, who was Dolphins' 1st QB, dies at age 79

MIAMI (AP) Dick Wood, the first starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, has died at the age of 79.

The team said Wood died Saturday in Atlanta.

He played for the expansion Dolphins in 1966, his final season in the AFL, and threw four touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. When with the Jets, he became the first player to throw a touchdown pass at Shea Stadium.

He also played for the Raiders, Chargers and Broncos, with 33 career starts, after a college career at Auburn.

The Alabama native also had a long career as an assistant coach in the NFL and college, including five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, before retiring in 1997.

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