Oakland Raiders Charles Woodson Ranked 64th on NFL Network Top 100


Dec 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) regains his footing after intercepting a pass against the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson is and already was a legend before his 2014 season where he continued his storied career at the age of 38 years old. However the former Heisman winner and one of the game’s best defensive backs of all time showed he still had plenty to give for the Raiders in 2014 in a season where he brought down four interceptions as he continues to grow at the safety position despite nearing 40 years old, deciding on coming back to Oakland for the 2015 season after proving to himself that he still had it last season.

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Woodson also proved to his peers that he is still one of football’s best veteran defensive backs as he was voted onto the NFL Network’s Top 100 this season, coming in as the 64th best player in the league after becoming the first player in league history to record 20 sacks and 50 interceptions in a career during the 2014 campaign. A revival for Woodson that voters on the Top 100 had to recognize by putting him amongst some of the great players in the league despite the future Hall of Famer being a decade older than some players on the list.

In addition to setting further career milestones and bringing down four INTs, Woodson also set a career mark for tackles last year with 113. Becoming a player who has embraced being a physical safety since moving to the position to extend his storied career, which has paid off by making lists such as the NFLN’s Top 100 which is one of the most prestigious rankings lists in the league. Players always interested to see where they land on the Top 100 each offseason.

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Coming back to play at 39 years old, Woodson’s return to Oakland has cemented his status as one of the most legendary players in franchise history and particularly in the modern era. With nothing left to play for in the sport, Woodson has made it his mission to help guide the Raiders back to the promised land for as long as his body can hold up to play at the high level he is accustomed to. Something that hasn’t been a problem so far with Woodson playing every regular season game since coming back to the team.

If Woodson can stay healthy and close to as productive as he was in 2014, Woodson once again will be amongst the top safeties in not only the AFC, but in the entire league. Making the Raiders extremely lucky to have a playmaking safety who is amongst the Top 100 players in the league and also serve as a locker room leader for defensive backs who will likely be on the roster long after Woodson hangs up his cleats. When it comes to veteran players, few are as more valuable as Woodson has been at the advanced age he is at which makes him more than deserving of such honors as making the NFL Network’s Top 100 when the accolades come for a player who one day will earn the ultimate honor of being enshrined in the Hall of Fame.