Charles Woodson adds another accolade

Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson has had quite the list of accomplishment in his 17 years in the NFL, and believe it or not, he added one more record to his list on Thursday in the Silver & Black’s 24-20 victory over the Chiefs.

With a sack on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the third quarter for a loss of 10 yards, Woodson became the only player in NFL history to record 50 interceptions and 20 sacks in his career.

Woodson attributes his newest accolade to his coaches and teams putting him in a position to succeed.

“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 position and a lot of different scenarios where I could come up with plays, and I’ve come up with a lot of them,” Woodson said after the game. “This team is no different. The coaching staff, even though I’m 38 years old, they’ve trusted me to go out there and do those things. I’m just happy to be a part of it. This win was huge for this team and for this organization. It was huge for us.”

The 38-year-old safety continues to impress in his second stint with the Raiders, even acting as a reserve punt returner on Thursday night after Denarius Moore muffed a costly punt that led to the Chiefs first score on the night.

With his punt returns at the age of 38, Woodson became the second-oldest player in the NFL to return a punt, only behind former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown.

Interim head coach Tony Sparano had called him into his office this week to ask about punt returning due to TJ Carries injury, and of course, Woodson said he would do anything to help the team.

Of course, in true Woodson fashion, he wasn’t going to call a fair catch as he wanted to make a play for his team.

Sparano shared that meeting with media following the game.

“I called him up into the office this week and talked to him a little bit about maybe having to use him [in punt returns],” Sparano said. “He said, ‘Coach, I’ll do whatever you want to do.’ I said, ‘alright, I just want you to fair catch the ball.’ He looked at me and laughed. That wasn’t a possibility at that point.”

Of course, Woodson stuck to his word and didn’t fair catch the ball once on Thursday.

“If they put me back there, don’t expect me to call for a fair catch,” Woodson said.


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