Woody Bergeria was a top player on early JMU football teams that were noted for outstanding defense. A four-year starter on the defensive line, Bergeria was a Kodak first-team All-America and JMU's defensive most valuable player as a 1977 senior, and he received Associated Press honorable mention All-America recognition in 1975 and 1977. JMU's 1975 team compiled a 9-0-1 record and allowed only 75 points, and Bergeria was involved in 94 tackles, including 10 quarterback sacks, for that squad. He took part in 107 tackles and had nine sacks in 1976 and 147 tackles, including six sacks, in 1977. He was credited with 12 tackles for loss in 1975, seven in 1976 and eight in 1977. Bergeria's career totals of 438 tackles and 28 sacks ranked fourth and second, respectively, in team history at the time of his hall of fame induction.
The Triangle, Va., native held the team record for career sacks until the 2000 season, and his 10 sacks in 1975 ranked in a tie for fifth on JMU's season list when he was inducted. During Bergeria's career JMU was 6-4 in 1974, 9-0-1 in 1975, 7-4 in 1976 and 5-5 in 1977. The 1976 team was the co-ranked No. 1 team in the nation in Division III for one week, and it played in the first Division III football game televised by a major network.