Saturday, August 8, 2009

Rod Woodson: HOF

As you might be watching Rod Woodson is getting inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. What a great honor for a great player. Although he played for the 49ers, Ravens and Raiders he will always be a Steeler. Woodson played a majority of his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler and he is one of the best to ever play the game. The stats speak for themselves when you look at what he has done through his career. Through his career Woodson had 71 INT and returned 12 of them for touchdowns. Woodson also recovered 23 fumbles and made 1050 tackles Woodson also took two punts and two kickoffs back for touchdowns. Woodson was an 11 time Pro Bowler and six time first team All-Pro. Let’s take a quick look at his team by team breakdown of regular season statistics:

Pittsburgh Steelers:
1987-1996 – 10 seasons

With the Steelers Woodson had 38 INT with five of those coming back to the house for touchdowns. Woodson also recovered 22 of his 23 fumbles with the Black and Gold and also made 644 tackles with Pittsburgh. Woodson also had 13.5 sacks with the Steelers and had a career high six in 1992. Woodson was a pro bowler seven times with the Steelers and went to the All-Pro game six straight years from 1989-1994 before getting injured in 1995 and returning to the All-Pro game back in 1996. Woodson was also a first team All-Pro selection five times with the Steelers.

San Francisco 49ers
1997 – 1 Season

Woodson only played one season with the niners recording three INT while making 43 tackles.

Baltimore Ravens
1998-2001 – 4 seasons

Woodson went to the hated Ravens after his year in San Fran but he was very successful with the Ravens. Woodson had 20 INT with the Ravens in his four years while returning five of them back for a touchdown. Woodson recorded 253 tackles with the Ravens and had six fumble recoveries.

Oakland Raiders
2002-2003 – 2 seasons

Woodson finally finished his career with the Raiders and owner Al Davis. Woodson had a career high eight INT in 2002 and finished with 10 in his time in Oakland. Woodson took two INT back for touchdowns and had 110 tackles.

I would like to congratulate Rod on the great accomplishment that everyone knew he was going to get. It is also good to note that Woodson made zero sacks with and of his other three teams. All of his sacks were with the Steelers. What a defense. Also congratulations to all the other inductees.
EDIT: Here is the link to his speech. If you did not get a chance to watch it you must watch the 30 min. speech. It is so worth it. If I can get a decent embedded link I will also post it here. Until then the link will have to do.

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