Charles Woodson has been around a while in the NFL. - 17 years to be exact. Long enough to have shared a locker room for six seasons with Tim Brown, who is being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. On Friday, Woodson recalled what Brown was like as a teammate.
"He was a pro." Woodson said of Brown. "That's what it was, man. He was a seasoned vet by the time I came in. He had played the game for a while. He knew what it was about. He had already established himself as a player. He had gone through the time period of being a young guy coming into the league to being a veteran, so he knew what it was all about to be a pro. That was him every day. You could look at Tim Brown when you walk in the locker room and you were going to get consistency with him as a person and as a player. It's always great for a young guy to have those examples, even though you may not follow them right away. But it's great to have those guys in the locker room that you can look up to and see the right way to go about your business."
For 16 seasons, Tim Brown lined up for the Raiders. Most of those years, he was one of the best and most productive wide receivers in the NFL. Woodson recalls having to go up against him in practice as well as watching him work on the sideline during games.
"He was one of those crafty guys, too. He just knew how to work your leverage, knew how to work you as a defender and get separation. They liked to move him around a lot in the slot, and when he came off the ball he didn't always come off fast, but he'd kind of put you to sleep and then take off and he'd find himself getting where he needed to be and catching the ball and either turning it up or making it a touchdown or whatever it was. He was crafty in that regard. He knew how to work you, knew how to work the defense and make a lot of catches. He made a lot of catches over his career. Touchdown Timmy was special, man, and big congratulations to him on making it to the Hall of Fame."
Woodson himself will find himself on that stage once he is eligible. As an 8-time Pro Bowler, 3-time All Pro, Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl champion, he is a sure-fire first ballot guy. At which point, Tim Brown can return the congratulations on joining him in Canton.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony begins tonight at 4:00pm Pacific time, 7pm ET. See all the details here and how to watch the ceremony here.