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Charles Woodson was born on October 7, 1976, in Fremont, Ohio. As a senior at Fremont Ross High School Charles Woodson was named Ohio’s “Mr. Football.” He finished his high school career with the schools records for rushing yards with 3,861 and scoring with 466 points. In his senior season he was a USA Today All-American selection and recorded 2,028 yards and 230 points.
Charles Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan. He became the starter after the second game of his freshman season and played in 34 straight games. Charles Woodson was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1995. He was also named to the All Big Ten First Team by conference coaches. In 1996, Woodson set a Wolverine record for pass breakups with 15. He was named the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and an AP First Team All-American. He was named to the All Big Ten First Team by conference coaches and the media. In his junior season in 1997, Woodson won the Heisman Trophy. He was the first and is still the only primarily defensive player to win this award. He also won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive college player. He was named to the all big Ten First Team for the third year and First Team All American for the second year. It was also Charles Woodson second year winning the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year award and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Woodson finally won the Jim Thorpe award after being nominated the year before. In 2007, Woodson was ranked #11 on ESPN’s Top 25 Players in
Charles Woodson was eligible for the NFL Draft following his junior season. He was selected 4th overall in the 1st round of the 1998 Draft by the Oakland Raiders. After Woodson’s first season Charles Woodson was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He started all sixteen games and became the first Oakland Raiders rookie to do this since 1971. Woodson had 64 tackles that season leading the NFL for defensive backs. Charles Woodson was named to his first Pro Bowl. In his second season in 1999, Woodson was selected to his second Pro Bowl and was named All-Pro by the Associated Press. In the 2000 season, Charles Woodson started all 16 games. He finished the year with a career high 79 tackles. He was named to the All-Pro team by Sports Illustrated. In his fourth year Woodson started sixteen games. This was the fourth consecutive year Woodson played in every game of the season. He was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl and he also made All-Pro teams. In 2002, Woodson suffered his first major injury since his freshman college year. He suffered from a shoulder injury which took him out of eight games. After his shoulder injury Charles Woodson missed the last three games of the regular season because of a cracked fibula bone in his right leg. Woodson started every Oakland Raider game in the 2003 NFL Playoffs. In 2004 Woodson reached an agreement with the Oakland Raiders and was labeled as a franchise player. He only stayed with them for two more seasons.
On April 26, 2006 Charles Woodson and the Green Bay Packers reached a 7-year contract agreement that could be worth as much as $52.7 million with bonuses and incentives. During the 2006 season Charles Woodson led the National Football Conference with eight interceptions. He was also used as the Green Bay Packers starting punt returner for the first time in his NFL Career, returning 41 punts for 363 yards. In October of 2007 Charles Woodson was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the week. In September, 2008 Charles Woodson was named NFL Defensive Player of the Month, His first time receiving the award.
Charles Woodson had an amazing 2009 season. He was recognized as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year from Sporting News. In the following 2010 season, Charles Woodson was named for a seventh time to the 2011 Pro Bowl as a starting cornerback. During the Super Bowl XLV championship, Woodson was given the starting position before breaking his collar bone right before halftime was called and had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines. By the end of 2010, Woodson's contract, with three years remaining, was extended by two years worth $55 million.
The Packers players and fans alike are excited to hold onto Woodson. Buy your Green Bay Packers tickets today to see for yourself why Woodson is such an asset to the team!
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