We always watch the players who came into the league and played for so long, you say to yourself, I hope he never retires. I always caught myself saying that with Brett Favre, Tony Gonzalez, Ray Lewis, Troy Polamalu and Charles Woodson. He’s been playing this game at such a high level and he’s set the standard for so many defensive backs. Darrelle Revis has said he’s looked up to him and has watched him play for a very long time. Charles Woodson has finally announced that he is retiring after the 2015 season.
He was drafted in 1998 with a guy named Peyton Manning and another one named Matt Hasselbeck and coming into the 2015 season, those three were the only guys still actively playing from that draft class. He began his career as a corner and made that transition to the safety position. Even at the age of 39, he is still playing at a very high level. He’s always had a tremendous nose for the football. Wherever the ball went, Woodson was there, plain and simple. He could cover tight ends over the middle, plays sideline to sideline every play and he always found a way to get an interception. He’s the definition of a playmaker and has the respect of his peers around the league. Woodson is also an excellent leader that has mentored and taken the younger players under his wing.
He is a lead-pipe lock for Canton, Ohio in five years when he is eligible. He’s the active leader in interceptions with 65. He’s an 8 time pro bowler, a four-time all-pro first team selection, defensive MVP, defensive rookie of the year and most importantly, a Super Bowl champion winning a title with the Green Bay Packers during the 2010-11 season. The resume speaks for itself. He’s by far one of the very best ever. A great career for a legend.