Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson climbs the interception ladder again

Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson climbs the interception ladder again

Charles Woodson was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for his play in October and continued to build on his stellar season Sunday against the Jets.

 

With starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick out with a hand injury, the Jets had Geno Smith in at quarterback and the 18-year veteran safety took full advantage.

Smith went deep in the second quarter but Woodson came streaking out of center field to haul in the interception.

The interception would be his fifth on the season, tying him for the most he’s had as a Raider since his rookie year, which was 17 years ago. The interception also earned him an extra $250,000 due to a contract incentive.

But even more importantly, the pick would help Woodson climb up the all-time interceptions leaderboard. The interception gave him 65 for his career, moving him into second all time in interceptions since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. He previously was tied with Ed Reed, and now six more to tie his defensive backs coach, Rod Woodson, who has 71 and is the all-time leader.

But it’s the team’s success that means more to him right now.

“It’s just one of many big plays that happened in the game,” Woodson said of his interception. “I think [it was[ an overall good game by everybody. Offense was making plays and they were moving the ball well. It’s great to be able to get a turnover and get those guys the ball back when they’re playing so well.”

Woodson has played much of the year battling injuries, but it’s not slowing him down one bit. He now has started all eight games, while racking up five interceptions, 33 tackles, and seven passes defensed. He continues to remain a key piece to the Raiders defense.


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