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Former Michigan Wolverine Charles Woodson voted the best defensive player in college football history

Fox Sports led a fan vote that elected Charles Woodson the greatest defensive player

NCAA Football: Hawaii at Michigan
Sep 3, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines former player Charles Woodson is introduced during the first half of the game against the Hawaii Warriors at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, College Football on Fox’s Twitter asked who’s the all-time best defensive player.

Fans jumped on voting for several different players including Oklahoma defensive end LeRoy Selmon, Nebraska Cornhuskers’ own Ndamukong Suh, and Florida State defensive back Deion Sanders.

However, none could compete with the greatest of all-time, Michigan’s Charles Woodson.

Woodson was the Heisman Trophy winner back in 1997 when Michigan won their last National Championship.

He had 16 interceptions in three seasons with the Wolverines, seven of which came in that historic 1997 season.

Along with his defensive duties, Woodson was also a force as a kick and punt returner and as a wide receiver. He had 33 returns for 283 yards and a touchdown in his Heisman season. Offensively, Woodson scored three touchdowns and racked up 246 yards that year.

Along with the Heisman Trophy, Woodson earned 6 other awards in his 1997 season: Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Bronko Nagurski Award (Most Outstanding Defensive Player), Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year), Consensus All-American, Jim Thorpe Award (Most Outstanding Defensive Back), and the Walter Camp Player of the Year (Most Outstanding Player).

Woodson would go on to play 18 years in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders. He was a 10-time Pro Bowler, and was a three time First-Team All-Pro. He finished his professional career with 65 interceptions and a Super Bowl XLV ring.

Relive some of Woodson’s top moments from his 1997 season: