A VOID IN THE BLACK HOLE
Though future Hall of Fame cornerback Charles Woodson was thirty-nine when he hung up his cleats, he had managed to stay productive until retirement. In his final year, Woodson logged 59 solo stops, five interceptions, nine passes defensed, and a forced fumble. Oakland’s Head Coach Jack Del Rio recognized Woodson’s contributions by issuing the following statement when Woodson announced he would not be returning for a nineteenth season:
Charles Woodson is the consummate professional. He is what I would call a generational player. His leadership, toughness and work ethic are unmatched. He loves football and, like many of the game’s greatest players, he loves to compete. He has been a pleasure to coach and he truly is a Raider great.