Charles Woodson: The Best Recent Heisman Winner to Play in the NFL

Colton WhittemoreCorrespondent IJune 7, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers runs for a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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What is it about college football players that win the Heisman Trophy? (Annually given to the consensus best college football player.) Sure, they look great in college, but when they hit the NFL, their quality seems reduced.

You know what I'm talking about?

Otherwise known as a major bust, the Heisman flops are the best college football player to not make the transition to the NFL well. Names such as Desmond Howard, Reggie Bush, and Troy Smith come to mind.

Other outstanding college football players who would fit the category, but didn't win the trophy? JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf come to mind.

But in Green Bay, we have a former Heisman Trophy winner. He played for the Michigan Wolverines. He was the first defensive back, ever, to win the hallowed award.

Charles Woodson, come on down.

Not only is he arguably the best defensive back in the NFL, he is a Heisman Trophy winner who managed to get it done at the next level.

He started off his career in Oakland. For the first few years, he looked solid. Back when Al Davis knew how to draft, these were the kind of players selected.

However, later on in Woodson's career, things got rocky. Injuries mounted up. He started finishing seasons injured.

A player of his talent shouldn't have been wasted, but this is Al Davis we're talking about. Instead of re-signing his talented corner, he allowed him to negotiate with other teams.

Thankfully, Woodson negotiated with Green Bay, and we were able to grab an excellent player who resurrected his career in Green Bay.

Ever since he has arrived, Woodson has been consistency personified.

Need a receiver covered? Tell Woodson. A sack-fumble? Send Woodson on the blitz. A game-changing interception? Let Woodson play, and he will make it happen.

Not only is this the kind of consistency that earns regular season awards, but it shows the kind of playmaking ability that earned Woodson the Heisman Trophy award.

Fresh off of a spectacular season where he was the head of the No. 2 ranked defense in the league, the Defensive Player of the Year award winner, and a walking highlight reel, Woodson showed once again what it takes for Heisman Award winners to not be jokes at the next level.

Young rookies, pay mind to Woodson. Classy off the field, and even classier on the field, he isn't just consistency personified, he is the position in a solid, 5'11" package.

And we should be glad to have him—and not Darrelle Revis.