Fifteen years, seven of them in Green Bay for the Packers, has made Charles Woodson a shoe-in for the Packers Hall of Fame and most likely the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
His release by the Packers was done probably before his time. At 36, Woodson still has plenty left in his tank and whichever team picks him up off the street will most likely benefit from his smarts, experience and leadership.For the Packers, they got seven solid years out of the veteran, picking him up in free agency when nobody else wanted him.
After eight years in Oakland, the last couple of which he was labeled lazy, troubled and unproductive, the Packers saw something nobody else did. Woodson wasted little time in endearing himself to Packers Nation. During his eight years as a Raider, Woodson had 17 interceptions. In his first year in Green Bay, he nearly had half that number (8). In the following six years as a Packer, Woodson compiled a total of 30 interceptions, returning nine of them for touchdowns.
Yes, Woodson only need let his statistics speak when he goes out looking for a new team, especially his statistics from his days in Wisconsin. Last year’s broken collarbone was the final straw for Woodson in Green Bay and the fact that he didn’t come back until the very end of the season didn’t help his cause – nor did the fact that he had only a single interception in his final year.
But Woodson added much more than just interceptions and touchdowns – he returned kicks and punts throughout his career and took his leadership to the next step in the locker room. His work with his teammates during the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl XLV run is legendary and will never be forgotten by Packers fans.
Not much more can be said about the man, so let’s take a look at his statistics … they speak volumes:
1998 NFL AP Defensive Rookie of the Year
2009 NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year
Year Team Level Voters
1999 1st Team All-Conf. Pro Football Weekly
1999 1st Team All-NFL Associated Press
1999 1st Team All-NFL Pro Football Writers
2000 2nd Team All-NFL Associated Press
2001 1st Team All-Conf. Pro Football Weekly
2001 1st Team All-NFL Sporting News
2008 2nd Team All-NFL Associated Press
2009 1st Team All-NFL Associated Press
2009 1st Team All-NFL Pro Football Writers
2009 1st Team All-NFL Pro Football Focus
2009 1st Team All-NFL Sporting News
2010 2nd Team All-NFL Associated Press
2011 1st Team All-NFL Associated Press
2011 1st Team All-NFL Sporting News