Charles Woodson is unquestionably one of the best players to ever play in the NFL, it’s simply inarguable. The guy did everything you could ever ask a defensive back to do with his amazing ability to punch the football out of players arms for fumbles, his 65 interceptions with 11 returned for touchdowns, and his pass rush and run stopping ability. Woodson was an absolute Swiss Army knife for the Oakland Raiders and the Green Bay Packers throughout his entire 17 year career.
It’s no surprise then that when given the opportunity to vote on trying to create the best 50 man roster you could create from the modern era (starting from 1967) of NFL football, fans have of course voted Woodson among the ranks. It would be a travesty to not include him on such a list, so it’s a good thing he wasn’t excluded on Pro Football Weekly’s “Team for the Ages” contest.
Throughout the off-season PFW is announcing one player a day to their greatest team imaginable list and Charles Woodson is the most prominent Raiders player to show up on the list so far. There were several other players who spent time on the Raiders on the list too with Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, and Ronnie Lott already having been announced on the roster.
Out of those players, Charles Woodson is the one that you immediately think of the Raiders first and foremost when you hear his name though. Few players have encompassed the entire essence of their team like Woodson embraced being a Raider. I loved Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott but when you hear those names you think of the 49ers first, and don’t even get me started on Randy Moss.
This is another well deserved accolade to add to Woodson’s list of impressive feats like being the only majority defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, being named Defensive Player of the Year, and having a game where he became the first player to ever have a sack, 2 forced fumbles and an interception in one of his signature games mentioned in the PFW article.
The biggest accolade for Charles Woodson is yet to come because he won’t be eligible for the Hall of Fame until 2021, but this is a nice one to add in the mean time. It’s always something being added to an all-time great list like this one that is spanning more than 50 years of NFL football, especially when it’s voted on by fans from all over the NFL landscape and not just from the fans of the teams they played for.