2 Days: A Look Back at Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion Charles Woodson

There are two, yes, two days until kickoff! Two days until kickoff of the 2016 Michigan football season! Two days until kickoff of the 2016 Michigan football season with more hype than the last, well long time. Let’s celebrate the kickoff by looking back one of the greatest players in Michigan football history. I get to complete our countdown by highlighting one of my all time favorite football players. He’s the only player in football history to win the Heisman, a National Championship, a Super Bowl, and All-Pro honors. Mr. Football himself, Charles Woodson

  • Won starter in the second game of his freshman season and has started all 34 games in his college career.
  • In his freshman year, he won Big Ten All-Freshman and First-Team Big Ten honors.
  • Record two interceptions against then #2 Ohio State in 1995 to help pull off the upset.
  • In 1996, he was Chevrolet Player of the Year and AP First-Team All American. He also broke the record for pass breakups that year with 15.
  • Michigan’s National Championship in 1997 was achieved with the help of Woodson recording 7 interceptions for the year, including a huge one in the Rose Bowl, to seal a 21-16 victory over Washington State Cougars.
  • Woodson was the first and still the only primary defensive play to ever win the Heisman Trophy since it started, beating out Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf.
  • He also won the Jim Thorpe Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Chuck Bednarik Award, and Bronko Nagurski Award.
  • Woodson left Michigan his senior year to pursue the NFL. He was selected in the 1998 NFL Draft as the 4th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders.
  • He was Defensive Rookie Player of the Year by the AP and started all 16 games and became the first rookie Raider to do so since 1971.
  • In his rookie season, he had five interceptions, one was returned for a touchdown, and had one forced fumble.
  • Had also 64 tackles that season, leading the league as a cornerback. He was selected to the Pro Bowl, as well.
  • Despite having a shoulder injury during the 2003 season with the Raiders, he still played in all 16 games and he help lead the Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII. Even with an injury, he did record an interception in the losing efforts to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • In 2006, Woodson and Green Bay Packers reached an agreement for a 7 year, $52.7 million dollar deal, which seen him getting $10.5 million his first year and $18 million the next 3 years, including bonuses.
  • During Super Bowl XLV, Woodson broke his collarbone while making a defensive play. At halftime, he made an emotional speech that help drive the players to a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • in 2013, Woodson returned to Oakland where he would play his final three seasons.
  • In October 2013, Woodson would tie an NFL record for most defensive touchdowns, joining Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson.
  • By the end of the 2013 season, he played in 1,064 of a possible 1,074 defensive snaps.
  • In a postseason match-up against the Broncos, Woodson said that it would be a dream to intercept the great Peyton Manning. He would go on to pick him off twice, but the Raiders would lose 16-10.
  • Woodson retired from the NFL after the 2015 season.
  • He played in 253 games while making 65 career interceptions with 11 touchdowns, 20 sacks, 28 forced fumbles with 16 being recovered.
Life After Football
  • Woodson would go on to create a new wine label called “TwentyFour by Charles Woodson”.
  • In 2009, he generously donated $2 million dollars to the C.S. Mott  Foundation for cancer research.
  • He collaborated with Michael Jordan to bring the idea of wearing Jordan Brand attire for, not just the University of Michigan’s basketball team, but to the football team. This would make for the first ever football team to wear Jordan Brand.


TWD Staff

Stories contributed by staff members of The Wolverine Daily.