Woodson Retiring

One of the greatest players in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, is calling it quits. <BR>

Darren Woodson is done playing football.

According to several reports released within the last 24 hours, Woodson is meeting with Jerry Jones today to formally discuss his retirement from the NFL.

Woodson, 35, has played in 178 games for the Cowboys during his 12 year career. During those 12 seasons, he went to five Pro Bowls and recorded 1,350 tackles- the most in history of the Dallas Cowboys.

He also brought in 23 interceptions.

The Cowboys drafted Woodson out of Arizona State in the second round (37th overall) of the 1992 draft.

"It's hard to make a decision to not play because I've been playing since I was 8-years-old," Woodson told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday. "It's a huge part of my life, but one thing football has never done is define me. My family is what defines me.

"One thing I wanted to do was walk away on my own terms and end my career as a Dallas Cowboy. It's time for me to transform a part of my life. It's just time."

Woodson underwent surgery on July 27 to repair a herniated disk in his back, just three days before the Cowboys reported to training camp and ended up missing the entire season.

Orginally, he thought that he might be able to play this year, but his rehabilitation did not go as expected. He began the year on the physically unable to perform list and never got onto the field.

Woodson still had two years remaining on his contract, with base salaries of $3.5 million for 2005 and $4 million for '06.

A formal announcement from Woodson and the Cowboys is expected later this week.

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