Former Bengals rally around teammate Ickey Woods during time of need

Jovante Woods (Source: Princeton High School)
Jovante Woods (Source: Princeton High School)

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - With $10 in hand and one teenager on everyone's hearts, friends and fans packed Rhinos Live in Sharonville to help former Bengal Ickey Woods mourn the loss of his son.

"I have a daughter that suffers asthma so I really understand how it is," said fan Tracey Dove. "So I just wanted to be here just to support."

"I'm here basically to support the Woods family," said longtime Bengals fan Tony Barczak.

Woods' 16 year old son Jovante, also known as Joe, died last weekend from an asthma attack.

Thursday night, former Bengals rallied together to help their teammate, but more importantly their friend.

"It means a lot to me and all the other guys who are here," said former Bengals player Isaac Curtis. "You know, Ickey, being a part of the Bengals family. It's just such a tragedy."

"Certainly says a lot about our teammate," said former Bengals player Barney Bussey. "What we meant to each other on the field and what his family meant to us."

Bengals legends like Isaac Curtis, Barney Bussey, and Joe Kelly autographed cards, helmets, posters, everything and anything to help raise money for Woods' medical expenses and funeral arrangements.

"I was actually in the room, you know, when the docs gave him that last report," said former Bengals player Joe Kelly. "I try to put myself in his shoes, but I can't"

The Woods family is still in California tonight. They held a private service there this week, but Woods' brother Cokey said they're planning a second service in Cincinnati for the community. The service will be held August 28th at the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

"He was loved by a lot of people," said Cokey Woods. "He did a lot of good stuff. He was a good kid."

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