The NFL announced its 2000s All-Decade Team on Sunday during the Pro Bowl that me and no one else watched, and two Green Bay Packers made the squad.
Actually, we should say one member of the Green Bay Packers and one former Packer.
They were cornerback Charles Woodson and safety Darren Sharper. After playing eight season in Green Bay, Sharper left the Packers in 2005 to play four seasons with the stink-ass Minnesota Vikings, before playing this season with the New Orleans Saints. Woodson played eight seasons for the Oakland Raiders before playing the last four in Green Bay.
In looking at the numbers, you have to conclude that Woodson largely made the team because of his play with the Packers. Over the course of the decade, Woodson averaged 3.9 interceptions per year, but in his four years in Green Bay he’s averaged seven interceptions per year. The same upward trend can be seen in just about every other important statistical category for Woodson. You also have to consider that Woodson scored zero touchdowns from 2000-2005, but has seven in four years in Green Bay.
Shaper, on the other hand, was consistently good throughout the decade, averaging 5.8 interceptions and 70.7 tackles per year, while scoring nine touchdowns.
As for the rest of the team, you’ll see some familiar faces, like Tom Brady, Warren Sapp and Brian Urlacher. To view the full 2000s All-Decade Team click the link.