Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) gathers the fumble after strong safety Brandian Ross (29) bobbled the ball against the San Diego Chargers during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Woodson named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

It was a good birthday for Charles Woodson as he celebrated his birthday after a 27-17 win over the San Diego Chargers where a defensive touchdown and an interception sealed the big win over their AFC West rivals to improve to 2-3 on the season.

Woodson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday morning for his efforts.

Woodson returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown and had an interception that clinched Sunday night’s 27-17 victory over San Diego. The fumble return was the 13th defensive TD of Woodson’s career, which ties an NFL record for defensive touchdowns with Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson.

The interception was his 56th, which ranks No. 17 in league history and solidifies his status as one of the best defensive players of all time, and certainly in the discussion of the outright best defensive back of his era. Dennis Allen said in the postgame press conference that he expects Woodson to keep making the plays that have earned him that reputation until he stops playing the game.

After the game on Sunday Woodson said that the record showed that he is “one of the greatest to play the game,” and it is hard to not agree with him as the numbers do not lie.

“He’s made a habit of doing that his whole career – a defensive score and an interception to seal the game,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “That’s what we expect out of him. He’s been a playmaker for us and he’ll continue to be a playmaker for us.”

Woodson has a long list of awards from his days in the NCAA and the NFL. He was the 1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year for the Raiders after winning the Heisman at Michigan the year before. In 2009 he named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year while playing for the Green Bay Packers. Now his career has came full circle, CWood is back home and still playing the game at a high level. Raider fans, along with the head coach, are expecting more big plays from the old vet. His reputation at this point demands the expectation.

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