Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson missed a gob of games last season because of the broken collarbone he suffered for the second time in three years – yet he was still voted the 85th best player in all of professional football.
Clearly, Sir Charles has a lot of friends in the league – the ranking being broadcast on the NFL Network is put together by members of the players fraternity.
No question Woodson has put together a Hall of Fame career the past 15 seasons, but if this ranking is based on the best players from last season, the former Packer, in my humble opinion, is rated way too high. In fact, I question whether he should have made the list at all?
Let’s take a closer look.
Woodson played in only seven games last year, had 1.5 sacks, one interception, five passes defensed, one forced fumble, 25 tackles, and 13 assisted tackles.
Again, being ranked at all in the top 100 takes a spot away from a player who might deserve it.
Don’t get me wrong. Like any Packers fan, I love the guy. He’s had one heck of a career, but the Packers cut ways with him for a reason (or multiple reasons) and it’s doubtful he will find a team who wants him in 2013 – that is unless a roster spot opens up because of injury as the season approaches.
Here’s what Packers cornerback and former teammate Tramon Williams had to say. It pretty much sums it up.
“I personally learned so much from him as a friend and a player. So, I mean, it’s kind of hard to talk about this right now with the circumstances. He’s a brother to me. He’s going to be missed by Packer Nation. And I love him.”
My feeling is that Woodson got the sympathy vote here. See his 2012 stats below and you tell me …