Former Michigan Athlete of the Week:  Charles Woodson

Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Charles Woodson


October 26, 2011

A commenter on the Packers’ official website thinks that “Charles Woodson is a stud.” I tend to agree. During Sunday’s contest between the Packers and the Vikings, the 35-year-old Woodson intercepted two passes in the third quarter, which resulted in two Green Bay field goals. Those six points ended up being the difference in the game as the Packers downed the Vikings by a score of 33-27 to remain the undefeated leaders of the NFC North. Woodson also had four tackles and 3 pass defenses in the Victory.
The Packers played “99% man coverage” against rookie QB Christian Ponder, but Woodson was still able to use his understanding of the game to undercut passes. “You have your back to the ball a lot, your back to the quarterback a lot, and you just try to put yourself in position and get your head around when you think the ball is coming and make a play on it…I really feel like I should have had four today,” said Woodson. The only two active players who have more picks than Woodson (52) are Darren Sharper (63) and Ed Reed (56).
Perhaps most impressive, Woodson taught children all across America the valuable lesson that no one is perfect when he gave up a 24 yard touchdown pass to WR Jenkins mid-way through the fourth quarter. Wow, he plays football like a badass and cares about Children, too.
Honorable Mention: LaMarr Woodley recorded seven tackles, 2 TFLs and 2 sacks—one of which led to a safety—as his team the Pittsburgh Steelers won a 32-20 contest over Arizona.

9 comments

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    Anonymous
    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Woodson is easily one of the top five players ever to play the game.

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    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    And he gave a little girl a game ball, that was nice of him.

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    Lutha
    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    what do you think of Woodson's chances for making the HOF?

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    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    @ Lutha 9:44 a.m.

    I think Woodson is a surefire Hall of Famer. He's a good all-around player, on top of intercepting all kinds of passes. So far he's just outside the top 20 all-time in interceptions, and he'll probably pick up several more before his career is over.

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    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Chuck has to have won this award more than anyone else.

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    Anonymous
    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    The most impressive thing about his interception total is that with the exception of the occasional boneheaded rookie, the league pretty much finds Woodson on the field and then goes the other way, and has for years, forever.

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    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Don't forget, Magnus, that Chuck is dreadfully close to breaking the all-time pick-six record.

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    Anonymous
    Oct 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    It would be interesting to compare players if they kept a "thrown at" stat… I think I remember something about Woodson's 8 picks and 9 PBUs in 97 after being thrown at 24-25 times.. One third chance of getting picked throwing at him…

    I wonder where he would be at in the NFL… This stat would make it much easier to compare DBs..

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    Oct 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    @ Lankownia 11:36 a.m.

    I think Tom Brady has probably won the award more than Woodson, with LaMarr Woodley coming in third. I haven't counted recently, but that's my guess.

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