When it comes to legends of the second era of the Oakland Raiders, Charles Woodson sits firmly atop of the list of Raiders legends who have played for the “Oakland Pt. II” generation of the franchise following their return from Los Angeles. The biggest victim of the “Tuck Rule” as well as the best defensive player to play for the Raiders since their relocation back to where it all started, Woodson has a lot of respect within the franchise that he plans on retiring from his distinguished career with.
So when Woodson speaks on a franchise issue, say the Raiders potentially moving away from Oakland, people tend to listen to the former Heisman winner’s opinion. Which is exactly what happened recently when Scott Bair from CSNBayArea asked Woodson about the possibility of the team leaving Oakland a second time, something that Woodson feels would be devastating to the city.
“I think it’d be devastating,” Woodson said. “It’s happened once before and a lot of people are still bitter about that, and I think it would be doubling down on that bitterness if they were to leave again. I think it’d be tough for the City of Oakland.”
Recently public perception has changed towards many believing that the Raiders will leave Oakland in light of recent reports surrounding San Antonio as well as the ever present theory that the answer to the franchise’s problems is a move back to Los Angeles. Woodson appears to be on the side of staying in Oakland however and it is hard to blame him, after all the safety came back to Oakland to say goodbye to the fans and franchise he got his start with. If the Raiders do leave Oakland there is a chance apart of that legacy will die just a little.