Former Mississippi State and NFL player Tom Goode passed away at the age of 76 on Thursday according to InsideMSUsports.com’s Logan Lowery. He isn’t a name most football fans will remember, but he is certainly a legend in the state of Mississippi and was part of one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history.
A native of the Magnolia State, Goode was a star football player at Mississippi State from 1958-1960. He was a two-time All-SEC selection and a 1960 Kodak All-American.
Goode went on to play at linebacker, center and long snapper in 113 professional games with the Houston Oilers, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Colts. Most notably, Goode was the long snapper on Jim O’Brien’s winning kick as time expired in Super Bowl V.
Then-Baltimore Colts public relations director Ernie Accorsi talked about the importance of Goode on the game-winning field goal in NFL Network’s 2006 documentary America’s Game.
“An unexpected benefit was an aging center named Tom Goode, a beat-up old tough guy from Mississippi who was in (coach Don) McCafferty’s words ‘the greatest snapper I’ve ever seen’. I thought ‘why are we carrying Goode just to snap the ball,’” said Accorsi. “Nowadays you’d never have your center snap the ball, every team has a snapper. Some teams have two snappers. And as soon as I saw that ball come back to Morrall I thought ‘thank God for Tom Goode.’ Because the snap was perfect.”
The O’Brien field goal gave the Colts a 16-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V, which was the last championship for any Baltimore Colts team. It was also the last play of Goode’s career.
After his playing days, Goode returned to Mississippi to become the Mississippi State offensive line coach. He coached the unit twice from 1972-1975 and 1984-1989. In between, Goode was an assistant head coach at Ole Miss from 1978-1982 and offensive line coach at Alabama in 1983.
Goode was enshrined into the Mississippi State sports Hall of Fame in 1976.
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) October 9, 2015