Charles Woodson is widely considered the greatest defensive back in the history of the Michigan football program. Hell, he’s considered one of the greatest defensive backs in the history of college football.
You know what, screw it. He IS the greatest defensive back in college football history. And he is being recognized for his collegiate greatness this December, as Woodson was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2018.
Woodson was the first announced member of the 2018 class. The rest of the class will be announced tomorrow on SportsCenter during the 9 a.m. hour.
Samantha Ponder announced the news on ESPN this morning, along with Michigan alumnus Adam Schefter and 1997-98 Heisman candidate Randy Moss.
The Countdown crew had a little surprise for @CharlesWoodson. pic.twitter.com/2X20mghaFd— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 7, 2018
Woodson is more deserving than any other player, in my opinion. He compiled 16 interceptions, 370 receiving yards, three receiving touchdowns, 167 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and one glorious punt return touchdown against Ohio State in 1997.
Oh yeah, and he won the Heisman Trophy, too. He was a pretty special player.
He continued his Michigan successes into the NFL, where he won a Super Bowl, Defensive Rookie of the Year, one Defensive Player of the Year, and was elected to nine Pro Bowls and eight All-Pro teams.
To be able to have sustained greatness at both the collegiate and pro levels is an insane thing to do, and Woodson was able to do it with class for all those years.
Congratulations to the GOAT!