Saturday October 28, 2017
Rarely have I met anyone as impressive as Judge Dwayne Woodruff. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback for 12 years, during which they won a Super Bowl. He led the team in interceptions five times, including after knee surgery when doctors said he'd never play football again. He was the team's most valuable player in 1982.
During his football career, he spent his nights studying toward his law degree, which he earned in 1988. He then began practicing law even as he continued to play for the Steelers. This was a remarkable accomplishment. He remains vice president of the NFL Players Association.
His law career features not just judging what has already happened, but working to prevent violence in the first place. He abhors pessimism, so don't tell him it can't be done: Just help him do it. He and his wife chair Do the Write Thing, the Pittsburgh branch of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, which goes into middle schools to train and empower kids to break the cycle of violence. The Pennsylvania Juvenile Court System awarded him the Judicial Outstanding Leadership Award for his passionate commitment to our youth.
Woodruff is a man of strong character, with the courage of his convictions. He should be elected to the state Supreme Court on Nov. 7.
Bernice Hines Corbit
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