Michigan football will be welcoming their 11th player into the NFL Hall Of Fame this weekend when Charles Woodson takes the podium on Sunday night. The former Heisman winner will finally take his place among the greatest to ever play in the NFL.
Woodson was taken fourth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders after an incredible Heisman trophy-winning campaign for the Wolverines in the 1997 season. Woodson could do it all at Michigan, from special teams to receiving to being a force on the defensive side of the ball that we all came to realize he would be. The Raiders were not going to let this type of athlete slide to another team.
Woodson spent the first eight years in Oakland, playing in a Super Bowl loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. In 2006 Woodson went on to sign with the Green Bay Packers in free agency, where he spent the next seven years of his career, including a Super Bowl victory at Super Bowl XLV. In 2013 Woodson returned to Oakland and played his final three years of his career in the iconic silver and black.
Charles Woodson is headed to the Hall Of Fame.
In Woodson’s 18-year playing career, the former Heisman trophy winner racked up many awards for his contributions on the field. Woodson was the 1998 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2009 NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year, he was selected to nine Pro Bowls and was 1st Team All-Pro in three seasons.
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The career numbers easily could tell you why Woodson is heading to Canton this weekend. Woodson finished his career with 65 INT’s, 11 of those returned for touchdowns. He also accounted for 33 FF while having 18 fumble recoveries on his resume.
Woodson’s interception total puts him tied for 5th all-time in career interceptions with former Cincinnati Bengal Ken Riley. Woodson is also tied for 2nd all-time on the interceptions returned for touchdowns. He shares 2nd place with Darren Sharper.
This weekend’s Hall of Fame ceremony will have plenty for the whole state of Michigan to be proud of. Lions fans can celebrate 2020 inductee Alex Karras as well as 2021 inductee Calvin Johnson. At the same time, fans of the Michigan Wolverines will be celebrating two Hall of Famers in Woodson and 2020 inductee Steve Hutchinson.
It’s time to celebrate the entire state of Michigan and look at the athletes that make fans proud to be fans of their respective teams. Charles Woodson will finally join his rightful place in the NFL Hall of Fame.