With only a week remaining before the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals battle in Super Bowl 50, it was time to hit Hawaii for the annual Pro Bowl as Team Irvin gave Team Rice that always unwanted L 49-27.
Russell Wilson was in rare form as if this was Super Bowl Sunday, torching the defense for 3 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. On the flip side for Team Rice, they seemed to be a little confused by that secondary throwing 6 interceptions in the game. Despite having weapons like AP, Amari Cooper and Odell Beckham – Team Rice just didn’t have it in em. Youngsters Jameis Winston and Todd Gurley also contributed 3 combined touchdowns (2 for Jameis, 1 for Gurley all pass plays) for Team Irvin en route to the lopsided win; not a bad way to end their rookie of the year worthy seasons.
While those two young stars begin their NFL journey, the game this past Sunday as meant the end of another’s NFL journey: Charles Woodson. As far as seeing the 2-4 suit up, that will never happen again. His Hall of Fame career has finally come to an end and as much as it hurts to see one of the greatest ever walk away, it provides a great example of leadership and dedication to greatness. From his time at Michigan playing both offense and defense (not to mention returning kicks at will) leading them to a National Championship, Woodson was always a cut above the competition. As if the record books wanted to step in to help solidify his place, a Heisman trophy was awarded as he beat Peyton Manning and Randy Moss.
When he was drafted, there weren’t many questions whether or not he’d be a success it was just a matter of when and how large of an impact would it be. We’d say that Rookie of the Year award in Black and Silver Raider town did the talking for him. Watching him put on that #24 represented the best of the best when it came to cornerbacks in our minds. It was him Champ Bailey, Ty Law and Charles Woodson (now even Revis Island plus many more you can probably name yourself) but of all three you’d have to admit his was the most exciting by far. Transitioning constantly yet still having success as all around player to only playing cornerback and eventually moving to safety where those DB skills gave him a clear advantage. No matter where you put him on the football field, he was going to make a big play one way or another.
- Charles Woodson beat out Peyton Manning and Randy Moss for the Heisman Award in 1998. In 1999, he proved it as a professional winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.
- Woodson won AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, then won a Super Bowl in 2010 in Green Bay.
- Woodson is the only player in NFL history to record at least 50 interceptions and 20 sacks.
100% Class. True Professional. Champion. Achievement. Oakland Raider.
One final bow. #ProBowl
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