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.
Grading Jordy Nelson's Deal with the Raiders
Grading the Kirk Cousins Contract
Grading the Allen Robinson Contract
Guice Is the Superstar Prospect to Remember
Simms: Lamar Jackson Is No.1 QB in 2018 Draft
Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Combine
Where Will Jimmy Graham Land?
Simms: Barkley Is on a Different Planet
Where Would the Dolphins Trade Jarvis Landry?
Where Will Kirk Cousins Land?
Building the Perfect QB Prospect for the Draft
James Washington Is the Top Riser at WR for NFL Draft
Eagles Fans Celebrated Exactly as You Would Expect
Melvin Gordon Keeps It Real About the Pats
Draft Prospects to Target If You Miss Out on Top Guys
Future 1st Rounders in 2018 Recruiting Class
Winners and Losers from Senior Bowl Week
Winners, Losers of Conference Championships
Winners and Losers of Divisional Round
Lefkoe's Locks: Gambling Preview and Prediction for Divisional Sunday
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.
You can follow Timothy Rapp on Twitter.