Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
DB Charles Woodson
Woodson was elite from his first game until his last and in almost every game in between during a 17-year career. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection in 1998, and he was a Pro Bowl pick in his final season in 2015. He was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times in three different decades and as a cornerback and a safety.
They said it
"I have learned something that many quarterbacks have learned. Don't mess with Charles Woodson."
-- Then-president Barack Obama, an avowed Bears fan, after Woodson and the Packers defeated the Bears en route to a Super Bowl victory and a trip to The White House. Obama had said he would attend the Super Bowl if the Bears made it, but not the Packers.
Woodson returned 11 of his 65 career interceptions for touchdowns, tied for second all time, one less than Rod Woodson. In his first six years with the Packers, Woodson intercepted 37 passes and returned nine of them for touchdowns, amassing 568 return yards. He also returned two fumbles for touchdowns, and his 13 career defensive touchdowns are tied for first with Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper.
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As a 39-year-old, in his second stint with the Raiders, this time as a safety, Woodson started all 16 games and picked off five passes, earning his ninth trip to the Pro Bowl. During his final three years, beginning when he was 37, Woodson started all 48 games at safety and had 10 interceptions. He is the only defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, although he played some offensive snaps at wide receiver for Michigan.
On Nov. 15, 2009, Woodson had nine tackles (two for loss), a sack, two forced fumbles and an interception in a 17-7 victory over the Cowboys, becoming the first player in NFL history to have a sack, two forced fumbles and an interception in a game. Eleven days later, in a Thanksgiving game at Ford Field against the Lions, Woodson had seven tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and recovery (on the same play), four pass breakups and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He covered six-time Pro Bowl WR Calvin Johnson and limited him to two catches for 10 yards.
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