heap nfl Jerseys Woodson scored touchdowns as a punt returner, as a running back, as a wide receiver, while also recording 7 interceptions and maintaining his role as a primarily defensive player. His spectacular play earned him an invitation to New York City as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, alongside the favorite, Peyton Manning, Randy Moss, and Ryan Leaf.
The award was Peyton’s to lose, largely because in the history of the award, no defensive player had ever been declared the winner. But with 65% of the first place votes, Woodson made history.
A short time later, Woodson’s interception in the end zone would help clinch Michigan’s first National Championship since 1997 — a 21-16 victory over Leaf’s Washington State Cougars.
Cheap jersey wholesale A highly successful collegiate career doesn’t guarantee greatness — ask Ryan Leaf — but as the 4th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 1998 NFL Draft, that would be the expectation. An expectation Woodson delivered on, and then some.
“I didn’t choose football. Football chose me.”
In his rookie season, Woodson intercepted 5 passes — including one he returned for a touchdown — forced 2 fumbles, and was third on the team in tackles, with 61. His play earned him the NFL’s Rookie of the Year award.
But Woodson’s early success was mostly thanks to raw talent and pure instinct. He would be late to meetings, and in the meetings he did attend, he’d often fall asleep. His work ethic was spotty at best, and it caused some issues with Jon Gruden.
Oakland Raiders Jerseys In regard to the play none of us want to re-live — you know which one I’m talking about. Woodson made a hell of a play that should have sent the Raiders to the Super Bowl. As the referees were reviewing the call on the field, concern grew.
“I think we are about to get screwed.”
The rest is history. The Patriots would go on to the win the Super Bowl, while Woodson (correctly) refers to this incident:
“That is the worst call in the history of all sports.”
Woodson said that Tom and him and never talked about that play. But one day, he half-jokingly said he’ll get Brady to admit the truth.
The rest of Woodson’s career in Oakland was hardly glamorous. Declining play, off the field trouble which culminated in a DUI arrest, injuries, and a negatively growing reputation for having a bad attitude.