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Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson
Charles Woodson at an Atlanta Hawks game in May 2008.
CaptionCharles Woodson at an Atlanta Hawks game in May 2008.
CurrentteamGreen Bay Packers
Currentnumber21
CurrentpositionCornerback
Birth DateOctober 07, 1976(age 39)
Birth PlaceFremont, Ohio
Heightft6
Heightin1
Weight202
Debutyear1998
DebutteamOakland Raiders
CollegeMichigan
Draftyear1998
Draftround1
Draftpick4
Highlights * AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1998) * PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year (1998) * 7× Pro Bowl selection (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010) * 6× All-Pro selection (1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010) * Super Bowl champion (XLV) * NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2009) * AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2009) * Heisman Trophy (1997) * Walter Camp Award (1997) * Sporting News Player of the Year (1997) * Chuck Bednarik Award (1997) * Bronko Nagurski Trophy (1997) * Jim Thorpe Award (1997) * Jack Tatum Trophy (1997) * Mr. Football Award (Ohio) (1994) * NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team
Pastteams * Oakland Raiders (1998 2005) * Green Bay Packers (2006 present)
StatusActive
Statweek2
Statseason2011
Statlabel1Tackles
Statvalue1685
Statlabel2Sacks
Statvalue213.5
Statlabel3Forced Fumbles
Statvalue322
Statlabel4Interceptions
Statvalue449
Statlabel5Touchdowns
Statvalue510
NflWOO661523

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Charles C. Woodson (born October 7, 1976) is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Michigan for the Michigan Wolverines. In 1997, Woodson led the Wolverines to a national championship. He is the only player in the history of NCAA Division I-A football to win the Heisman Trophy as a primarily defensive player, edging out then University of Tennessee and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

Woodson was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fourth pick in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft. In his first season with Oakland, Woodson was selected as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He was named to the Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro recognition three consecutive times (1999 2001). In a memorable 2002 AFC playoff match against the New England Patriots, Woodson seemed to have clinched the game by laying a hit on quarterback Tom Brady and forcing a fumble, but the ruling was controversially overturned. Woodson later battled several nagging injuries in consecutive seasons in Oakland, leading to his departure and becoming a free agent after the 2005 NFL season.

On April 26, 2006, Woodson signed a seven-year, $52 million contract with the Green Bay Packers. In his first season in Green Bay, Woodson was the team's punt returner and led the National Football Conference with eight interceptions, surpassing his previous career high of five, in his rookie year. In his second season in Green Bay, the injury problems returned and Woodson was forced to sit out two games. In six seasons with Green Bay, Woodson has recorded 32 interceptions, eight of which he returned for touchdowns. In eight seasons with Oakland, Woodson had recorded 17, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2009 NFL season.


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