Charles Woodson never stops amazing. It seems the older he gets, the better he becomes. As if to prove a point, on the same month Woodson turned 39, he has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Month.
He earned the award in part to having three of his four interceptions this month, including two versus Peyton Manning and the Broncos, becoming the oldest player in league history with a multiple interception game.
In total, Woodson has four interceptions, but the first was the game winner against the Browns at the end of September which had him named Clutch Player of the Week. This month he also had 4 passes defended and 19 tackles (12 solo). And he did all THAT despite having a week off for the Raiders' bye and despite still recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered in the opener.
This marks the fifth time in Woodson's career that he has been named the NFC or AFC Defensive Player of the Month. To go along with winning the award in September 2008, he won it a record three out of four times in 2009 (September, November and December). His five awards are tied for second most all-time, trailing only Hall of Famer DE Bruce Smith's six. Woodson also won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month in December of 1998.
Woodson becomes the ninth player in Raiders history to win the award and first since LB Kirk Morrison won it in September 2007. In total, a Raiders player has won AFC Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams Player of the Month 19 times.