Packers: Top 3 free-agent signings in franchise history
By Dillon Graff
2. Charles Woodson
Charles Woodson is one of the all-time great Packers, and arguably one of the best defensive backs in the history of the NFL.
When the Packers signed Charles Woodson in 2006 he found his career at a bit of an impasse. At 29 years old, talent evaluators around the league felt as though his best days were behind him, and that with his reputation the juice might not be worth the squeeze. Which as we know couldn’t have been further from the truth.
All Charles Woodson did after that was make four straight Pro Bowls from 2008-2011. Two of those seasons he was an All-Pro and to top it off, in 2009, Woodson was the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year. Not too shabby for a player whose best days were behind him.
Woodson had a knack for making game-changing plays and was a hybrid defensive back well before that was popular. The former Heisman winner was a magnet when it came to finding the ball, leading the NFL in interceptions two separate times while donning the green and gold. Woodson totaled 38 interceptions during his time with the Pack, nine of which were returned for touchdowns.
Woodson was a leader in the Packers locker-room for seven seasons and helped the Packers bring home the Lombardi Trophy during the 2010 season that Packer fans will never forget.
So just to quick recap Woodson’s seven seasons in Green Bay:
– Four straight Pro Bowls
– Two-time all-pro
– 38 interceptions
– Led the NFL in interceptions twice
– Nine defensive touchdowns
– 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
– Super Bowl champion
Signing Charles Woodson proved to be one of the most impactful signings in the history of the franchise. What he brought to the Packers is essentially unheard of from a defensive back.
Woodson is a Hall-of-Famer, and will forever be a legend in Green Bay.