Charles Woodson Joins ESPN as NFL Analyst

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2016

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 03:  Free safety Charles Woodson #24 of the Oakland Raiders walks onto the field during pre-game warm-ups prior to his final game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Retired NFL superstar Charles Woodson will be joining ESPN as an analyst on the network's Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown shows, along with appearing on several other programs as well, according to a press release from the company, via 

In his final season, Woodson, 39, registered 74 tackles, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He closed his 18-year career between the Oakland Raiders (1998-05, 2013-15) and Green Bay Packers (2006-12) with 1,204 tackles, 65 interceptions, 33 forced fumbles, 20 sacks, 16 fumble recoveries and 13 defensive touchdowns.

Woodson, who also won a Heisman Trophy during his college days at Michigan, was a nine-time Pro Bowler, a three-time Associated Press first-team All-NFL selection, the 1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year. 

He reached two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XLV with the Packers. 

Woodson was a talented and versatile player, spending time as both a cornerback and safety in the NFL. His intelligence and leadership were qualities that helped extend his career well through his 30s, giving him longevity most non-quarterbacks don't have in the NFL. He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer and should transition nicely into broadcasting.

"Excellent, excellent hire," Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman tweeted when reports of Woodson's hire at ESPN first surfaced.

Woodson will join a collection of former coaches and players-turned-analysts in ESPN's coverage, including Tom Jackson, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter, Steve Young and Ray Lewis, among others.


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