Charles Woodson was born on 7 October, 1976 in Fremont, Ohio, USA. Charles Woodson is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers. Charles Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan for the Michigan Wolverines. In 1997, Charles Woodson led the Wolverines to a split national championship. Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to have won the Heisman Trophy.
Charles Woodson was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fourth pick in the 1st round of the 1998 NFL Draft. In his first season with Oakland, Woodson was selected as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. Charles Woodson was named to the Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro recognition 3 times (1999-2001). Charles Woodson later battled several nagging injuries in consecutive seasons in Oakland leading to his departure and becoming a free agent after the 2005 NFL season.
On 26 April, 2006, Charles Woodson signed a 7 year, $52,000,000 contract with the Green Bay Packers. In his first season in Green Bay Charles Woodson was able to avoid injury and showcased the talent that made him the #4 overall pick from the 1998NFL draft. Not only did Charles Woodson have the opportunity to return punts with the Packers, but he also led the National Football Conference with 8 interceptions, surpassing his previous career high of 5 interceptions set as a rookie. In his second season in Green Bay, the injury problems returned and Charles Woodson was forced to sit out 2 games.
As a senior at Fremont Ross High School Charles Woodson was named Ohio’s “Mr. Football.” Charles Woodson finished his high school career with the school’s records for rushing yards (3,861) and scoring (466 points). In his senior season he was a USA Today All-America selection and recorded 2,028 yards and 230 points. In addition to playing football, Charles Woodson also played basketball and ran track.
Charles Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan. Charles Woodson became the starter after the 2nd game of his freshman season and played in 34straight games. In addition to playing cornerback, he returned punts and occasionally played as a wide receiver. Charles Woodson was selected as the Big 10 Freshman of the Year in 1995. Charles Woodson was also named to the All-Big 10 1st Team by conference coaches, and 2nd Team All-Big 10 by the media. Charles Woodson led the team with 5 interceptions and 8 takeaways.
In 1996, Charles Woodson set a Wolverine record for pass breakups with 15. For his efforts, he was named the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and an AP First Team All-American. Charles Woodson was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and named to All-Big 10 First Team by conference coaches and the media.
In his junior season in 1997, Charles Woodson became the 3rd Michigan player to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Tom Harmon (1941) and Desmond Howard (1991). Charles Woodson received 282 more voting points than runner-up Peyton Manning. Charles Woodson was the 1st and is still the only primarily defensive player to win the prestigious award. Charles Woodson led the Michigan Wolverines to an undefeated season and a share of the national championship in the same year. Charles Woodson also won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive college player. Charles Woodson was named to the All-Big 10 1st-Team for the 3rd year and 1st-Team All-American for the 2nd year. It was also his 2nd year winning the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year award and Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Charles Woodson won the Jim Thorpe Award, an award which he was nominated for the previous year.
Throughout college, Charles Woodson was known for big plays in big moments of a game. As a freshman he had 2 interceptions in a victory against the #2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. During his Heisman-winning junior year, he made an acrobatic one-handed sideline interception against the Michigan State Spartans. Charles Woodson had 2 interceptions in the game. In a game against Ohio State, he returned a punt for a touchdown, made an interception in the end-zone, and had a 37-yard reception that led to Michigan’s only offensive touchdown of the game. The win lifted Michigan to the Rose Bowl. Michigan played the Washington State Cougars in the Rose Bowl. Charles Woodson recorded an interception in the game, helping Michigan defeat the Cougars and win a share of the 1997 NCAA Division I-A championship. In 2007, Charles Woodson was ranked #11 on ESPN’s Top 25 Players In College Football History list.
Charles Woodson declared his eligibility for the NFL Draft following his junior season at Michigan and was selected 4th overall in the 1st round of the 1998 Draft by the Oakland Raiders. After Woodson’s 1st season in the NFL he was named The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. Charles Woodson started all 16 games, becoming the 1st rookie Raider since 1971 to do so. Charles Woodson had 64 tackles that season, leading the NFL for defensive backs. Charles Woodson was 3rd in the league in interceptions with 5 and also recorded 1 interception return for a touchdown as well as 1 forced fumble. Charles Woodson was named to his 1st Pro Bowl. In his 2nd season in 1999, Charles Woodson was selected to his 2nd Pro Bowl and was named All-Pro by the Associated Press.
In the 2000 NFL season, Charles Woodson started all 16 games of the season but suffered a turf toe injury which prevented him from practicing. Charles Woodson finished the year with a career high 79 tackles, intercepted 4 passes, forced 3 fumbles and recovered 1 fumble. Charles Woodson was named to the All-Pro team by Sports Illustrated, and 2nd team honours from the Associated Press. In his 4th year in the NFL, Charles Woodson started 16 games. This was the 4th consecutive year Charles Woodson played in every game of the season. Charles Woodson finished with 2sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal. Charles Woodson also returned punts for the first time in the NFL, returning 4 punts for 47 yards. Charles Woodson was named to his 4th consecutive Pro Bowl. Charles Woodson also made All-Pro teams of The Sporting News and College and Pro Football Newsweekly and the All-AFC squad of Football News.
In 2002, Charles Woodson suffered his first major injury since his freshman college years, suffering from a shoulder injury which set him inactive in 8 games. The shoulder injury came in the 2nd game of the season in the 1st half. Despite the injury Charles Woodson played the remainder of the game and was able to force a fumble. After his shoulder injury Charles Woodson missed the last 3 games of the regular season, suffering from a cracked fibula bone in his right leg. Charles Woodson started every Raider game in the 2003 NFL Playoffs, finishing with a start in Super Bowl XXXVII. In the Super Bowl, Charles Woodson showed signs of his injury, but still recorded an interception in a losing effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After losing the Super Bowl in the year prior, the Raiders finished the 2003 NFL season with a record of 4-12. Charles Woodson became unhappy with new head coach Bill Callahan, and criticized him during the season. Charles Woodson remained healthy for the entire season, starting in his 1st 15 games. Charles Woodson’s contract was set to expire after the season. Charles Woodson reached an agreement with Oakland and was labelled as a franchise player. The franchise tag set Charles Woodson’s contract with a minimum of the average salary for the top 5 cornerbacks in the NFL. Although being labelled as a franchise player, Charles Woodson’s contract was only for 1 year. In the 2004 NFL season Charles Woodson played the 1st 13 games of the season before suffering a leg injury which put him inactive in the last 3 weeks. After the season Charles Woodson again agreed to a 1 year franchise tag deal. In the 2005 NFL season, he started the 1st 6 games but broke his leg in the 6th week, which sidelined him for the rest of the year.
On 26 April, 2006, Charles Woodson and the Green Bay Packers reached a 7-year contract agreement that could be worth as much as $52.7,000,000 with bonuses and incentives. Charles Woodson will make $10.5,000,000 in the 1st year of the deal and $18,000,000 over the 1st 3 years. Charles Woodson will also receive a $3,000,000 bonus if he is selected to the Pro Bowl in 2 of the 1st 3 years of the contract. Free of any major injuries during the 2006 season, Charles Woodson (tied with Walt Harris of the San Francisco 49ers) led the National Football Conference with 8 interceptions. Those are the most interceptions Charles Woodson has recorded in a single season. Overall, he was tied for 3rd in that statistic in the entire NFL. Charles Woodson was also used as his team’s starting punt returner for the first time in his NFL career, returning 41 punts for 363 yards.
On 14 October, 2007 Charles Woodson picked up a Santana Moss fumble and returned it 57 yards for a go ahead touchdown in a 17-14 victory over the Washington Redskins. Charles Woodson also recorded an interception in the game, his 1st of the season. Charles Woodson was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance versus the Redskins. It was the first time he has received this award. On 4 November, 2007 Charles Woodson had a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown with 59 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter to seal a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Charles Woodson is an oenophile and developed his interest in wine while playing football in Oakland, near the Napa Valley. Charles Woodson partnered with former Robert Mondavi winemaker Rick Ruiz to develop a signature wine label, “24 by Charles Woodson”. The company is based in Napa, California and is a small boutique winery, producing fewer than 1,000 cases per year of its 2 varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Although the wine bears his name and signature, Charles Woodson was warned by the NFL to not be seen endorsing the wine himself because of the league’s alcohol policy.
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