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Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson

American former football defensive back

Charles Cameron Woodson (born October 7, 1976) is an American former football defensive back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 18 seasons with the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. He played college football at Michigan, where he won the Heisman Trophy and the 1997 national championship as a junior. To date, he is the only primarily defensive player to win the Heisman.

Selected fourth overall by the Raiders in the 1998 NFL Draft, Woodson was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in his first season. He also received Pro Bowl selections during his first four seasons and two first-team All-Pro honors. Woodson left the Raiders after eight seasons to join the Packers, where he played his next seven seasons. During his Packers tenure, Woodson was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and won a Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XLV, while extending his Pro Bowl selections to eight and his first-team All-Pro honors to four. He returned to the Raiders for three seasons, earning his ninth Pro Bowl selection in his final year.

One of the NFL's most decorated players, Woodson is tied with Rod Woodson (no relation) and Darren Sharper for the most defensive touchdowns, second in interceptions returned for touchdowns, and tied with Ken Riley for the fifth-most interceptions. Woodson is also one of the few players to appear in a Pro Bowl during three different decades. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.

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October 7, 1976
Charles Woodson was born in Fremont.

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