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Raiders Charles Woodson announces his retirement from NFL after this season

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As the season has progressed, the questions about whether Charles Woodson's 18th season in the NFL would be his last. Woodson left the possibility open all season long. Until now.

"2015 is going to be my last season playing in the NFL," Woodson said in a press conference Monday. "Was it a tough decision? Kind of, but in a way a couple weeks ago it hit me that this would be it. It was important for me to let Raider Nation know now."

Woodson has been playing through pain all season long after dislocating his shoulder in the season opener. Despite that injury, he has five interceptions and 7 total turnovers this season and hasn't missed a single start at the age of 39. In so doing, he led all safeties in Pro Bowl voting.

The Raiders made Woodson -- a Heisman Trophy winner -- the 4th overall pick out of Michigan in the 1998 draft. He spent the first seven season in Oakland, including starting for the Raiders 2002 Super Bowl team. He left for Green Bay in 2006 where he spent 7 seasons, was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, and won a Super Bowl in 2010. He returned to Oakland three seasons ago, having switched from cornerback to safety.

He is already an 8-time Pro Bowler and 3-time first team All Pro. He could make it 9 Pro Bowls and potential a 4th All Pro nod this season. He is expected to be a first ballot Hall of Famer once eligible.