WEST POINT – Mississippi lost one of its greatest gridiron ambassadors on Thursday.
Hall of Famer Tom Goode passed away at 76, leaving behind a legacy that will live on throughout the Magnolia State.
Goode was a standout at West Point High School before moving on to Mississippi State from 1958-60, where he was a two-time All-SEC selection and a 1960 Kodak All-American.
Goode was drafted in the second round (16th overall) by the Houston Oilers in the 1961 AFL Draft. He played professionally for nine years with the Oilers, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Colts, appearing in 113 career games as a center, linebacker and long snapper with 55 starts.
Goode was the Dolphins’ most valuable player in 1967 and was selected to the 1969 Pro Bowl. His final season was with the Colts in 1970, and he concluded his playing career by snapping Jim O’Brien’s game-winning field goal in Super Bowl V.
Two year later, Goode returned to his alma mater to begin a coaching career that would span over three decades. Goode had two stints as MSU’s offensive line coach from 1972-75 and 1984-89. He also had two terms with Vanderbilt as the Commodores’ offensive coordinator in 1977 and offensive line coach from 1990-91.
Goode was also offensive coordinator in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders in 1976, assistant head coach at Ole Miss from 1978-82 and offensive line coach at Alabama in 1983.
Goode later embarked on a 12-year run as head football coach and athletics director at East Mississippi Community College, going 47-61 before retiring in 2003.
He continued on as a volunteer coach at Oak Hill Academy before his health began to decline.
Goode was enshrined into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, EMCC Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Mississippi Community and Junior College Hall of Fame earlier this year.