C-Wood: The Greatest Defensive Back of All Time?
The one and only Charles MF Woodson has been in the news a lot this season, mostly due to his continuing to kick ass at the age of 39, and due to the fact that the Oakland Raiders are only mostly crap for once instead of being total crap.
Well, his two picks against Peyton Manning (not exactly rare events this season) a couple weeks ago prompted a rather awesome article by Peter King where King just basically threw it out there that C-Wood might deserve consideration as the greatest defensive back to ever play in the NFL.
In his weekly MMQB article, King talked about not only Woodson’s career stats but also about interviewing C-Wood in the locker room following the Packers’ Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. King rehashed the broken collarbone and halftime speech that are now indelible Woodson lore.
This naturally reminded me of the greatest moment of the C-Wood legend, and that was the play after C-Wood broke his collarbone in the Super Bowl. What happened on that play? Nothing. The Packers called a timeout. Why would the Packers call timeout with the Steelers driving, trying to get themselves back in the game before halftime? The Packers called timeout to get Charles Woodson off the field.
That’s right. After breaking his collarbone, Charles Woodson stayed on the field and attempted to keep playing. The Packers had to burn a timeout to get the guy off the field because apparently a broken bone wasn’t enough to convince him on its own.
Considering that, it should surprise no one that Woodson continues to play this year, even with a dislocated shoulder. Despite the fact that injuries seem to be a constant reality for the aging C-Wood, he has joined Tom Brady in claiming he could play for another 10 seasons.
Now, time is undefeated, even for a guy like C-Wood, but on the other hand, it wouldn’t surprise me if a 49 year old Woodson was still able to kick some ass.