The Raiders are on the field for warm-ups getting ready for their match-up against the San Diego Chargers. Earlier this week Charles Woodson announced he was retiring after this season, making this his final home game of his illustrious career. It's his farewell game, and the fans are on hand to celebrate him one last time.
Here is what he had to say to his teammates in the pregame huddle:
"As good as this feels, man, to have this turnout and to have people cheering my name, I just want y'all to understand something, man; it's bigger than me," said Woodson. "Always has been bigger than me. If you understand that, you understand that it's bigger than you too. It aint about one individual, it never is. We can never get done what we want to accomplish with one individual. So I share this night with my teammates, with my brothers . . . It's bigger than me, it's bigger than you, but it aint bigger than us. So we're gonna go out here tonight and we're gonna and we're gonna ride. Bring it up (hands up in center). This thing is about family, it's about love, and it's about the fight to go out there and win. Bigger than me on three; one, two, three BIGGER THAN ME!"
Woodson will have this game and one more in Kansas City in week 17 before he hangs up his cleats for good and enters retirement after 18 NFL seasons. He developed into a leader in the locker room over the years and speeches like this exemplify that.