Charles Woodson: I’ll Never Leave the Game
The Pro Bowl was Charles Woodson’s final NFL game and that caused him to do some reflecting.
At least as much as you can when someone jams a mic in your face and asks you to sum up 18 years of your life.
“It’s hard to sum it up into any words because this is what I’ve been doing all my life,” Woodson said after the game. “It’s still going to be a big part of me. I’ve been playing this game in the NFL 18 years. I’ve been playing altogether, who knows, 30 years? I’ve been playing since I was 7, 8 years old. The game will never leave you, I’ll never leave the game. I can’t. I gave it too much, it gave me too much. I’d say it’s not truly the ending because it can’t be, but this was my last game.”
What that means is open to interpretation, but Woodson made it clear he won’t be coming out of retirement next season.
We suspect he’ll find another role in football. Whether that be as a coach, analyst or in some personnel role, we’ll just have to see.
Whatever it is, we’re sad to see one of our all-time favorite players hang up his cleats.
It was, however, probably time to go and Woodson, unlike so many of his colleagues, went out like a man and on his own terms.
But what would you expect?
This is, after all, Charles Motherfuckin’ Woodson we’re talking about.
They’re only making one of those guys.