The Oakland Raiders signed C Rodney Hudson Wednesday. Hudson, who was selected by the Chiefs in the second round (No. 55 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft spent the first four seasons of his career in Kansas City, appearing in 51 games.
"It's an honor," said Hudson after signing his contract. "It's an honor to play for a franchise with a lot of history. It's an honor and I'm looking forward to it."
After growing up in Mobile, Ala., Hudson earned a scholarship to play football at Florida State University, where he excelled on the field, becoming one of the most decorated linemen in program history.
During his four years as a Seminole, Hudson earned a bevy of awards, including the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2009 which honors the best blocker in the conference as voted on by head coaches and defensive coordinators. Additionally, he was named a three-time First-Team All-ACC player, as well a two-time First-Team All-American by the Associated Press.
After his career in Tallahassee came to its conclusion, Hudson made the jump to the NFL, appearing in all 16 games during his rookie campaign in Kansas City.
Hudson broke his leg early in the 2012 season and was placed on Injured Reserve, but since his return he has been the model of consistency, appearing in all 16 games each of the past two seasons, starting every game but one for the Chiefs.
Photos of new Raiders center, Rodney Hudson.
During his tenure in Kansas City, Hudson anchored an offensive line that helped Jamaal Charles eclipse the 1,000-yard mark three times (2012, 2013, 2014) in addition to earning Pro Bowl honors in each of those seasons.
The 25-year-old center also excelled in pass protection, serving as a crucial part of an offensive line that ranked seventh in the NFL in 2014, allowing just 49 sacks during the regular season.
The veteran lineman now heads west and joins a Raiders offensive line that also excelled in pass protection in 2014, allowing just 28 sacks which was tied for sixth in the NFL.
"I've watched Donald Penn play for years when he was back in Tampa," said Hudson. "They do a lot of really nice things and I'm looking forward to being a piece of it and getting started."
During his career, Hudson has appeared in 51 games, making 35 starts, including four games at O.co Coliseum when he was a member of the rival Kansas City Chiefs.
"It's a fun place to play and the fans are into it," Hudson said. "They're excited. They're rowdy. As an opponent coming here you knew it was going to be a tough place to play."
The presence of second-year quarterback Derek Carr was also something that attracted Hudson to the Silver and Black.
"I met him [Carr]. He's obviously a smart kid," Hudson said. "You can tell he's a smart kid and he knows what he's doing back there. He's a good player."
Hudson will work very closely with Carr throughout the season and spoke about the importance of having a strong relationship with the young signal caller.
"It's very important," Hudson said. "We have to be the same page so I can know what he's thinking and vice versa to get the line going down the right path."
After four years in Kansas City, Hudson is excited to now be in Oakland and eager to get to work wearing the Silver and Black.
"I think we have a collection of good young players and good veteran players who have been around for a long time," he said. "Anytime you get a chance to play for franchise with a lot of history like this, it's special."