On Saturday, Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson announced in a press conference that this will be his final NFL season. The Raiders will end their season hosting the San Diego Chargers in Week 16, and then playing away at the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17.
Woodson won the Heisman Trophy in 1997 out of the University of Michigan, and was selected by the Raiders with the 4th overall pick of the 1998 Draft. Alongside first overall pick Peyton Manning and sixth-round pick Matt Hasselbeck, Woodson is one of only three players from that draft class to still be playing in the NFL.
Woodson is a presumed first-ballot Hall of Famer, thanks to both his high level of play at the peak of his career, as well as the incredible longevity he has accumulated at a very difficult position. Among the accomplishments that Woodson has secured in the all-time record book:
- He is tied for fifth all-time in career interceptions — Woodson started this season at 11th all-time, and has picked off five passes this season.
- He is tied for second all-time in pick-sixes, alongside Darren Sharper and one pick-six behind Rod Woodson.
- Among defensive backs, he is twelfth all-time in tackles, and is over 200 tackles ahead of the next-closest active player (Charles Tillman).
- Among defensive backs, he is tenth all-time in sacks.
- Among defensive players, he is eighth all-time in games played.