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Charles Woodson’s career will end where it started

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On Sunday, the Hall of Fame career of Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson will end in Kansas City. It’s the same place where Woodson’s career began in a game against the Chiefs, in Kansas City.

And it didn’t go well.

On the opening drive of the 28-8 victory by the home team, Chiefs quarterback Elvis Grbac went right at Woodson, completing a 14-yard pass to Andre Rison on the second offensive snap of the game. Two plays later, Grbac found Rison for another nine yards. Three plays later, Grbac targeted Woodson again, who didn’t give up the reception but who was flagged for interfering with Rison, giving up 17 yards.

The Chiefs scored three plays later, and then the Raiders fumbled the kickoff. On the very next play Grbac threw at Woodson again, beating him for a 30-yard touchdown to Rison.

“It was funny because I was a young player coming in, a lot of confidence, and I was like, ‘Yeah, they’re not going to test me,’” Woodson said this week, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Then it was like, bam, bam, bam.”

Former Chiefs quarterback Rich Gannon explained that then-Kansas City quarterbacks coach Mike McCarthy urged the offense to attack Woodson while it could.

“We were going over personnel and he said, ‘You’d better take your shots at No. 24 while you have ’em, because he’s a rookie and once he figures it out, we won’t be working in his direction ever again,’” Gannon said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, according to Tafur.

“I was like, ‘OK, this is what it’s going to be like,’” Woodson said. “I had to settle down fairly quickly and understand this is the NFL, you’ve got to be ready. I was humbled very early.”

Later in the game, Woodson forced a fumble by Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez. Even though the Chiefs recovered, it was a small silver lining that would soon blossom into a Silver and Black legend who likely has a big play or two left for his last return to Arrowhead Stadium.

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33 Responses to “Charles Woodson’s career will end where it started”
  1. whatdoesjimmiefoxxsay says: Jan 2, 2016 5:14 PM

    We miss Wood in Green Bay….epic player, epic skill set, epic team leader. First ballot HOFer.

  2. pc1976 says: Jan 2, 2016 5:15 PM

    Nicely written.

  3. jdphx says: Jan 2, 2016 5:16 PM

    A great player…. a great Raider. Best of luck Charles!

  4. inhokewetrust says: Jan 2, 2016 5:27 PM

    Woodson torched by Grbac….hail hail Michigan

  5. patsfan says: Jan 2, 2016 5:43 PM

    Probably the last time Woodson got lit up.

    Also, probably the last time anyone targeted Woodson.

  6. tdubdizzle says: Jan 2, 2016 5:44 PM

    I hope he gets a pick six to win the game. He will be missed.

    First ballot.

  7. squeakywheeler says: Jan 2, 2016 5:54 PM

    Extremely good for a long time & smart enough to never wear purple! Now that’s class!

  8. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 2, 2016 6:15 PM

    It’s always nice to see a guy be able to laugh at himself and not take himself too seriously.

  9. peytonmanningsforehead says: Jan 2, 2016 6:18 PM

    Woodson is a first ballot HOF’er.
    Where’s Elvis? Steam cleaning carpets somewhere? (I’m not going to use the cliche he left the building).

  10. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 2, 2016 6:19 PM

    squeakywheeler says:
    Jan 2, 2016 5:54 PM

    Extremely good for a long time & smart enough to never wear purple! Now that’s class!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Congratulations… the wittiest thing you could come up with ranks right up there with the nonsensical ravings of the purple lunatic.

  11. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 2, 2016 6:39 PM

    Nobody mentions his participation in the tuck rule play. He was the tuck rule play.
    It was his strip sack of Brady that caused the controversy.
    And it was a strip sack.

  12. jjfootball says: Jan 2, 2016 7:00 PM

    WE HAD THE CHIEFS BEAT LAST TIME, BEFORE CARR THREW THOSE 3 PICKS. THAT WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN, AND RAIDERS WILL SEND CHARLES OFF WITH ANOTHER WIN!

  13. mmack66 says: Jan 2, 2016 7:10 PM

    nomoreseasontix says:
    Jan 2, 2016 6:39 PM

    Nobody mentions his participation in the tuck rule play. He was the tuck rule play.
    It was his strip sack of Brady that caused the controversy.
    And it was a strip sack.
    ———————————–

    Good lord. You tuck rule bozos need a support group.

    It was 15 years ago. Build a bridge and get over it already.

  14. unbridledsexy says: Jan 2, 2016 7:19 PM

    As a Chiefs fan we are honored to have a player of his caliber and character start and end his career at Arrowhead. Of course I’ll be rooting against him, but I hope the stadium acknowledges his career in some kind of tribute.

  15. rutledge3197 says: Jan 2, 2016 7:22 PM

    Patriot fans need to build a bridge as well …. And then jump off it !!!….. Morons

  16. mr1drful says: Jan 2, 2016 7:24 PM

    Grbac just walked away with the Ravens. Contract issues with management I guess. I hold his brief career over Dilfer though. Dilfer was a game manager his whole career.

  17. mmack66 says: Jan 2, 2016 7:34 PM

    rutledge3197 says:
    Jan 2, 2016 7:22 PM

    Patriot fans need to build a bridge as well …. And then jump off it !!!….. Morons
    —————————-

    You certainly don’t see any Patriots fans still complaining about the Jets game, in the same season, where the Patriots were on the other side of the tuck rule.

    They moved on.

  18. conormacleod says: Jan 2, 2016 7:51 PM

    Great story. If that happened today the Internet would blow up, calling him a “bust”.

  19. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 2, 2016 7:52 PM

    Hey, mmack66, I’m over it. Just stating the obvious for people of lesser intellectual gifts, such as yourself.
    Hang in there, it’ll make sense someday.

  20. mmack66 says: Jan 2, 2016 8:28 PM

    nomoreseasontix says:
    Jan 2, 2016 7:52 PM

    Hey, mmack66, I’m over it. Just stating the obvious for people of lesser intellectual gifts, such as yourself.
    Hang in there, it’ll make sense someday.
    ———————————–

    You brought it up, 15 years later, so you are clearly not over it.

    That’s okay, though. Hopefully the Raiders will get back to relevance someday.

  21. returntoexcellence says: Jan 2, 2016 8:50 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Jan 2, 2016 7:34 PM

    You certainly don’t see any Patriots fans still complaining about the Jets game, in the same season, where the Patriots were on the other side of the tuck rule.

    They moved on.
    _________________

    Your tuck rule didn’t cost you the season, and possibly the Super Bowl that year. But you’re right… Patriots fans hold no grudges and never bring up anything about the past…

    spygate
    deflate gate
    wells report
    etc.

    I mean aside from Pats fans making every post about them, you’ve all just moved on… we’ll try to be more like you in the future.

    NATION

  22. mmack66 says: Jan 2, 2016 9:01 PM

    returntoexcellence says:
    Jan 2, 2016 8:50 PM

    Your tuck rule didn’t cost you the season, and possibly the Super Bowl that year. But you’re right…
    ——————————-

    Lawl. Way to be over it.

    returntoexcellence, indeed.

  23. TomsulasMustache says: Jan 2, 2016 9:38 PM

    This was written my Vic Tafur of the bay area. Good piece

  24. floratiotime says: Jan 2, 2016 9:39 PM

    Another Packer in the HOF.

  25. brawlkc says: Jan 2, 2016 11:18 PM

    Hats off to Woodson from a Chiefs fan. Dude played the game right and he played it a long time.

    Great player, better person. The game will be less entertaining without him.

  26. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 2, 2016 11:44 PM

    I remember it like it was yesterday. Nationally televised prime time game. The Chiefs fans were so pumped up they started cheering before the Raiders broke huddle. The Raiders couldn’t even hear Jeff George calling the play in the huddle, and Andre Rison lit C Wood up. Had Raider Nation kinda worried, but he adapted to, and mastered the NFL environment pretty quickly and became a Raider Legend.

    Hall of Famer #FirstBallot.

  27. stampnhawk says: Jan 3, 2016 12:01 AM

    McCarthy did, once upon a time, have a clue.

  28. hrmlss says: Jan 3, 2016 12:23 AM

    Chuck, I loved you as a Packer, and wished the last 5 years that we had kept you as a safety. Good luck, congregates, and hopefully you go into the Hall as a Packer since you won a Championship here, but I’d understand if you go as a Raider, based on years played. First Ballot.

  29. mutantman87 says: Jan 3, 2016 2:22 AM

    Just a reminder to pick yourself up and keep charging ahead after a rough day. And never judge a rookie by his first start. After all, a certain HOF DB spent his first start getting torched by the immortal Elvis Grbac.

  30. marvin1958 says: Jan 3, 2016 6:24 AM

    Sir Charles (he should be the REAL “Sir Charles”, not the gasbag that claimed the title), thanks for the memories.

    Always with style. Always with dignity. If I was ever going to buy a players jersey with a name on the back, it would have been C-Wood or James Lofton.

    Glad he got his ring.

    A big thanks to RaiderNation for sharing C-Wood for a few too few years as well. A great bunch of fans about to get screwed over by big money interests.

    Anyway… Go Packers.

  31. idpfantasyfootball says: Jan 3, 2016 11:30 AM

    Good Luck today, C-Wood!!

    Let’s go out in style.. Just Win, Baby!

  32. radrntn says: Jan 3, 2016 12:16 PM

    what is it about ex 49ers qb’s going to KC to play. I guess Colin is next?

  33. jluns275 says: Jan 3, 2016 12:28 PM

    Much respect for an unquestioned first ballot HOFer. I’m glad he got a ring.

    Signed,

    Lifelong Chiefs fan

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