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Top 10 Charles Woodson Moments as a Raider

In light of Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson's announcement late Monday afternoon that 2015 would be his last season in the National Football League, we present Woodson's Top 10 moments as a Raider.

10. Happy Birthday Charles. Woodson stopped by the Silver and Black Productions studio for a special 39th birthday celebration in October 2015 as several members of the Raiders family offered their well wishes.


  1. Charles Woodson's first pick 6**. In 1998, against the Arizona Cardinals, Woodson picked off a pass and raced 46 yards for the first of his 13 career defensive touchdowns in a 23-20 win at Arizona.

8. Woodson Named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. In 1997, Woodson won the Heisman Trophy and the NCAA national title with Michigan, and followed it up with the 4th overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and the 1998 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. He started all 16 games at cornerback his rookie season and picked off five passes for 118 yards and a score. He also forced two fumbles and recorded 64 total tackles.

7. Woodson sets up the first score in Super Bowl. Although he was injured during the 2002 season, Woodson returned to action in time for Super Bowl XXXVII and intercepted a Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson pass to set up a K Sebastian Janikowski field goal that staked the Raiders to a 3-0 lead in the 1st quarter.


  1. Woodson ties NFL record for defensive touchdowns**. Oct. 6, 2013, the Raiders hosted the San Diego Chargers in a game that featured the latest kickoff time for a regular season game in NFL history, 8:30 p.m. PT. Woodson gave the Prime Time audience a treat when he scooped up a fumble and raced for the end zone to score his NFL-record tying 13th career defensive touchdown in a 27-17 Raiders win.

5. Woodson achieves a significant milestone. It seems like Charles Woodson saves his best for Prime Time. In 2014, the Raiders were 0-10 heading into a Thursday night matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs at Coliseum. Woodson became the first player in NFL history with 50 interceptions and 20 sacks as he dropped Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith behind the line in a 24-20 Raiders victory.


  1. Woodson finally picks Manning**. It took him 18 seasons to do it, but Charles Woodson finally intercepted quarterback Peyton Manning – not once, but twice, in the Raiders 16-10 loss to the Broncos earlier this season. Woodson, Manning and Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck were the only players left from the 1998 NFL Draft still playing in the NFL.

3. Woodson ties for 5th all-time. In a 34-20 win over the New York Jets, Woodson's interception over WR Brandon Marshall and teammate CB David Amerson was his fifth of the season, 65th of his career and tied him for fifth all-time.

2. Woodson delivers epic pregame speeches. The consummate professional, leader and teammate, Woodson has inspired his teammates all season long with emotional pregame speeches.  

1. Woodson returns. A few days before May 21, 2013, a rumor spread like wildfire that Charles Woodson was coming to Oakland for a free agent visit. That day, hundreds of fans crowded the parking lot of the team's Alameda facility and Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Charles Woodson finalized the deal. McKenzie and Woodson emerged from the building to the chants of "Woodson, Woodson!"

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