Charles Woodson Career Recap

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Woodson will forever remain in Oakland and Green Bay fans’ hearts as he goes into retirement being one of the greatest in his generation. [sportsblog.com]

In 1997 Charles Woodson was attending the University of Michigan when he won the Heisman trophy. He made a name for himself as a lockdown corner, he was fast, versatile, and strong. The 1998 draft was one of the most action packed drafts with some of the best pro-bowl caliber talent players such as future hall of famer Peyton Manning, as well as pro bowlers; Randy Moss and Takeo Spikes. Charles Woodson was taken with the 4th pick of the draft by the Oakland Raiders.

Woodson in Oakland [NBC Sports]

Woodson in Oakland [NBC Sports]

 Woodson’s time in Oakland went well as he put up exceptional numbers, such as, 17 interceptions in his first 8 seasons with the team along with 28 passes defended. Although on top of it all, he was selected to the Pro Bowl 4 times while a part of the team along with a Defensive Rookie of the Year Award (DROY) to top it off.

Woodson in a Packer’s uniform [scrippsmedia.com]

     

     Although after the team went on a three year long streak of going to playoffs and even one trip to the super bowl, they went cold. In 2005 Woodson decided it would be his last year in a Raider uniform as the team hadn’t had more than 5 wins in the last 3 years. That offseason he signed a 7-year contract with the Green Bay Packers worth $52.5M (including bonuses). In Green Bay he was a huge influence to young players as well as huge talent being added to the team. From 2006-2012 he had 38 interceptions and 91 passes defended. Alongside of a young Aaron Rodgers he helped lead his team to a Super Bowl Championship in 2010. Green Bay fans loved and truly believed he was one of if not the best defensive players in the history of the NFL.

 

     After 2 more years in Green Bay, Woodson returned to Oakland in 2013 and continued his leadership for two more years until 2015 where he decided to finally hang up his cleats with his final stats being, 65 INTs which puts him tied for fifth all-time in that stat, 155 passes defended, and 983 tackles. Woodson will forever remain in Oakland and Green Bay fans’ hearts as he goes into retirement being one of the greatest in his generation.

     It is a guarantee that fans won’t forget Woodson’s great character and amazing talent in the NFL, when he is inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, fans will surely be filled with nostalgia.

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