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Charles Woodson Reflects on Retirement Decision


"My NFL portrait is not finished yet, and it won't be until this last game is over. But it was on my mind. It crossed my mind every moment I was out there. It was like, everything I do now -- going to meetings, special-teams period, getting in the hot tub, getting in the cold tub, maybe the steam room -- this'll be the last week that I do it."*

Last week, Charles Woodson announced that he would be hanging up his cleats following the 2015 season and retiring after 18 tremendous seasons in the NFL. A lock to be enshrined in Canton in just a few years, the nine-time Pro Bowler just played his last game at home in a victory over the Chargers, and is reflecting on his decision to retire as well as documenting his final week as an NFL player over at


"I woke up the morning of the Detroit game and, almost immediately, I was like, This is it. Why? What hit me in that moment? I guess I felt like if somebody would've called and said, 'C-Wood, the weather's so bad around the city, nobody can get anywhere, and the game's actually been canceled,' I would've been all right with it. I've never felt that way about being in a game before. Never in my life on game day did I feel like I would be cool with it if the game wasn't played. To feel like that on a Sunday, I knew it was time. It just hit me out of the blue."*

Like his many fans, Woodson has mixed feelings about his retirement, even though he knew the day had to come eventually:

"Bittersweet. That's probably the best way to describe it."

For more from Charles on his final week on the league and what it means to him, read his full piece here.

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