Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Paige, Jr. (born June 27, 1946) is a sports columnist for The Denver Post, author, and a regular panelist on the ESPN sports-talk program Around the Horn. He was also a co-host of Cold Pizza and its spin-off show 1st and 10 until November 4, 2006, when it was announced that Paige would return to the Post. Paige is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee and is a Baseball Hall of Fame voter.
Schooling and early career
Paige attended the University of Tennessee and joined Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in 1964. He began his career with the Whitehaven Press in 1963 in high school, and after graduating from UT he went on to write for the Knoxville Journal, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, and the Rocky Mountain News of Denver. Paige was honored with an Accomplished Alumni award by the University of Tennessee in 2012.
Paige joined the Denver Post in 1981. As of 2007, he writes four columns per week.
In 2001 there was a controversy over one of Paige's articles. He reported that an employee at Invesco, which had the naming rights to the Denver Broncos stadium, Invesco Field at Mile High, claimed that the nickname for the stadium inside the company was "The Diaphragm," after its shape (which slightly resembles a contraceptive device with the same name). The CEO of the company threatened Paige and the Post with legal action over the allegations, but had to retract the lawsuit when it was discovered that the story was true.
Around The Horn
In July 2004, Paige announced that he was taking a one-year leave from the Post to join ESPN2's then-debuting Cold Pizza (a daytime-TV "morning show"-style program that was only loosely grounded in sports, aimed also at female viewers. On the show, he was featured in a segment where he bantered with sports writer Skip Bayless. Paige continued to contribute to Around the Horn during this time. His last appearance on Cold Pizza was November 28, 2006.