Charles Woodson will be back in Silver and Black in 2015.
The 2015 season will mark Woodson's 18th in the NFL and 11thas a Raider. Even after nearly two decades in the league, he has continued to play the game at a high level, leading the team with 160 tackles (105 solo), as well as tallying four interceptions in 2014.
"'C-Wood' is the G.O.A.T. [Greatest of All Time]," said FB Marcel Reece. "He's kind of that DB that you talk about like the Jerry Rices and the Michael Irvins and the Deion Sanders. Charles Woodson is right there."
The best photos of future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson during the 2014 season.
The 2014 season was filled with milestones for Woodson, as he became the 11th player in NFL history to reach 60 interceptions, and became the first player in NFL history to record 50 interceptions and 20 sacks for his career.
"I've been able to do a lot of things," Woodson said after the Week 11 game where he tallied his 20th sack. "I've been put in position to make plays for the teams that I've been on and they've put me in a lot of different positions and a lot of different scenarios where I could come up with plays, and I've come up with a lot of them."
On numerous occasions throughout the 2014 season, the eight-time Pro-Bowler spoke about how he was continuing to grow and learn the intricacies of the free safety position, and consistently cited the guidance of recently promoted Defensive Backs Coach Marcus Robertson as a reason for that growth.
"I think the greatest thing for me this year is the addition of Marcus Robertson," Woodson said. "Yeah, I can play the game, but having him, having a guy who I feel like is one of the best coaches I've been around in my career, and helping me get better, has been a key for me."
In addition to his on-field performance, the veteran Woodson provided a young Raiders defense an excellent example of how to train and excel at the highest level.
You watch him [Woodson] yesterday, he's flying over piles and diving into piles and he's not taking anything for granted," said S Brandian Ross after a Week 7 match-up with the Arizona Cardinals. "He's chopping guys at the knees, and it's like, he's like almost 100 and he's doing that, so if he can do it at this stage, why can't I?"
Prior to being selected by the Raiders with the fourth overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, the future Hall of Famer attended the University of Michigan where he was a standout cornerback, becoming the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, after recording eight interceptions during his junior campaign with the Wolverines in 1997, while also seeing time as a wide receiver on offense and contributing as a punt returner on special teams.
He is also in elite company with formers Raiders RB Marcus Allen as one of the only two players in football history who have ever won a Heisman Trophy, Associated Press Rookie of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year and a Super Bowl in their career.
Throughout his Hall of Fame career, Woodson has garnered nearly every accolade, both on the team and individual level that the game has to offer, but he still has unfinished business in Oakland.
"The goal has always been to get into the playoffs and have the opportunity to play for a championship," Woodson said on Monday after signing his contract extension. "We're still searching for that and I want to be a part of the team, and hopefully that can happen this year where we get back into the playoffs and have a shot at it, so I'm still searching for that."