Oakland Raiders safety addressed the media on Monday, announcing that he will be retiring after the 2015 NFL season.
"2015 is going to be my last season playing in the NFL," the veteran defensive back announced Monday in Alameda, Calif.
With the Raiders eliminated from the playoffs after their 30-to-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Raiders have just one home game left, coming on Christmas Eve against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football. Woodson, who is loved by Raider Nation, wanted to make sure the fans knew it would be his last game in front of the home crowd.
"Was it a tough decision? Kind of, but in a way a couple weeks ago it hit me that this would be it. It was important for me to let Raider Nation know now," Woodson said.
Woodson returned to the Oakland Raiders in 2013 and has been playing with a shoulder injury nearly all season after injuring it in the opening game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Despite playing injured, Woodson has had a stellar season racking up 52 tackles, nine passes defensed, five interceptions, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries in 14 games played.
The former Michigan Wolverine has tallied potential Hall of Fame numbers over his 18 year carer. He has totaled 65 interceptions (tied for fifth-most all-time), 155 passes defensed, 13 touchdowns (tied for most all-time), 33 forced fumbles, 18 fumble recoveries, 20 sacks and 1,363 tackles in 252 career games.
Woodson has led all safeties in Pro Bowl voting this year and is already an eight-time Pro Bowler, while also being named a first team All Pro three times.