Charles Woodson says he will enter Hall of Fame as Raider
After signing a one year deal with the Oakland Raiders, defensive back Charles Woodson will return to the team that he spent eight seasons with and drafted him fourth overall in 1998. Despite spending seven years and winning a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers, Woodson says he wants to enter the Hall of Fame as an Oakland Raider.
“I’m an Oakland Raider now. That’s kind of the way I look at it,” said Woodson when asked whether he would enter the Hall of Fame as a Packer or a Raider. “My whole plan was… to retire a Green Bay Packer. There was no thought of me ever leaving the Green Bay Packers. Life throws curve balls sometimes and you gotta take the plate. So, now I’m back with the Oakland Raiders and I don’t foresee myself playing for any other team after that. If I play this year, maybe play next year, who knows, when it comes that time, I’m going probably with the last team I played for.”
After spending fourteen seasons as a corner back, Woodson moved to the safety position last season with the Green Bay Packers.
Even at 37 years old, Woodson says he expects to come into the season and make an impact for the Raiders.
“I see myself coming in and making an impact. There’s a lot of talk about me as a player and now I can’t do this, can’t do that, but I don’t see it that way and maybe I delusional but I don’t think so. I look at myself coming in and making an impact, making a lot of plays.”
After being drafted by the Raiders and spending more seasons with Oakland than in Green Bay, it makes sense for Woodson to enter the Hall of Fame as a Raider.
Woodson is currently tied for 19th all-time with 55 interceptions and could make his way into the top 10 if he can grab eight more interceptions before he retires.
When he decides to retire and if he is elected to the Hall of Fame, it will be as a member of the Oakland Raiders.