Charles Woodson is a seven-time All-Pro defensive back for the Oakland Raiders. He played his first eight seasons in Oakland before spending seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers and then returned to the Raiders in 2013.
Woodson was born on October 7, 1976 in Sebring, OH and lettered in three sports while attending Fremont Ross High School. As a football player, he finished his career as the school’s all-time leader with 3,861 rushing yards and 466 total points scored. Following his senior season, he was named Ohio’s Mr. Football and selected forthe USA Today All-American team. He graduated from Ross High and gave a verbal commitment to play college football at the University of Michigan.
University of Michigan
Woodson joined the Wolverines prior to the 1995 season and became a starter at cornerback during the second game of his freshman campaign. After leading the team with five interceptions, he was selected as Big Ten Freshman of the Year and named an All-Big 10 first team performer. As a sophomore, he continued to dominate in the secondary, recording a school-record 15 pass breakups en route to being named the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and earning AP First-Team All-American honors. As a junior, he became the first primary defensive player to ever win the prestigious Heisman Trophy and helped lead Michigan to a share of the National Championship during an undefeated season.
Oakland Raiders (1998-2005)
After being selected fourth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, Woodson became an instant star. He started all 16 games as a rookie, making 68 tackles and intercepting five passes while being named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. After an outstanding rookie campaign, he earned a spot on three consecutive All-NFL first team squads. Multiple injuries plagued him during the 2002 regular season, as he missed eight games with a shoulder injury and a fractured fibula. He returned to help Oakland reach Super Bowl XXXVII, but the team fell short against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over the course of the next three seasons in Oakland, Woodson received the franchise tag twice before finally becoming a free agent prior to the 2006 season.
Green Bay Packers
Woodson agreed to a seven-year contract with the Green Bay Packers on April 26, 2006 worth up to $52.7 million. Finally healthy, he recorded a then career-high eight interceptions and returned 41 punts for the Packers. He finally returned to the Pro Bowl following a 62 tackle, seven interception 2008 season and was named All-Pro for the fourth time. He led the NFL with nine interceptions in 2009 and was selected as the AP Defensive Player of the Year while earning First-Team All-Pro honors once again. He made two more All-Pro squads during his tenure in Green Bay, but the team released him following an injury-marred 2012 season.
Oakland Raiders (2013-Present)
Woodson returned to the Raiders with a one-year deal on May 21, 2013 and tied an NFL record when he returned his 13th turnover for a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers. He started all 16 games at safety, making 97 tackles and one interception for the Raiders.
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