Rod Woodson: Taking a Look Back at the New HOF's Career

Johnny RehabCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2009

Rod Woodson has had a very long and exciting career as a defensive back who played  originally as a corner, but then moved to safety. Woodson came into the league in 1987, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round with the 10th pick overall.

He played cornerback for the Steelers for 10 seasons until he was let go because of disagreements over his contract and salary cap issues.

In his 10 seasons with the Steelers, Woodson started 125 games and tallied up 644 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, 21 fumble recoveries, and which went for a touchdown. Woodson also had 38 interceptions, with 779 interception return yards and five touchdowns.

In 1997, Woodson became a free agent and signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, converting from cornerback to safety. During his one-year tenure with the 49ers, Woodson started 14 games.

Woodson tallied up 43 tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Woodson also had three interceptions for 81 yards.

After his year with the 49ers, Woodson signed with the Baltimore Ravens, playing four years for them from 1998-2001. Woodson won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2001. He tallied up 253 tackles, three forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries. Woodson also had 20 interceptions, which he returned for 380 yards and five touchdowns.

Woodson played his two final seasons for the Oakland Raiders from 2002-2003. During those two seasons, Woodson tallied up 110 tackles and four fumble recoveries for 64 yards. Woodson also had 10 interceptions, which he returned for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Woodson was released in 2004 before the season because he failed a team physical. Woodson retired soon after.

On Jan. 31, 2009, Rod Woodson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

During Woodson's 17 year career in the NFL, Woodson started 229 games and tallied up 1050 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 20 forced fumbles, and 32 fumble recoveries, which he returned for  137 yards and a touchdown. Woodson also had 71 interceptions, which he returned for 1483 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Woodson also received numerous awards during his 17-year career in the NFL. He was named to 11 Pro Bowls and was the 1993 Defensive Player of the year.

Also, Woodson holds a lot of NFL records. Woodson's 12 interceptions returned and 1,483 interception return yards are just a few of them. Woodson's 11 Pro Bowls are the most by any defensive back. In 1994, Woodson was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team.

I'm not a Steelers fan, but I like Rod Woodson. He was a good player and is a good person. Not to mention he played defensive back for 17 years which is very admirable. Even if you hate the Steelers, you have to give Rod Woodson credit.