Charles Woodson out at ESPN

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Charles Woodson is out at ESPN.

Woodson posted a video on Instagram saying goodbye to his former colleagues.

“I wanted to send a quick thank you today to the Worldwide Leader in Sports, ESPN,” Woodson said. “It’s been a wonderful three years, been a blast, I’ve learned a lot, had a lot of fun, gained some great friends.”

A report from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post suggests that Woodson’s departure could be the first step in a significant shakeup for ESPN’s Sunday morning NFL pregame show. It’s unclear who ESPN’s on-air team will be on Sunday mornings next year.

For his part, Woodson indicated that he expects to be working in television in some capacity in the 2019 season. The Michigan Heisman Trophy winner turned future Pro Football Hall of Famer should have other offers to work in broadcasting, either in college or pro football.

“I’ll see you next season somewhere,” Woodson said. “Stay tuned.”

89 responses to “Charles Woodson out at ESPN

  1. He was dreadful, but then again, they all were. These days, I just watch the game and then turn it off. Far too many talking heads and absurd content leading up to and following the games. Dump ’em all.

  2. Good! He’s horrible and so is Moss, too animated and they always talk over each other, NFL Network needs to can Irvin and Deion

  3. Woodson was not good. Still, Ike Taylor on NFL Network was probably the worst commentator I’ve ever seen. Just awful.

  4. The LAST thing ESPN should do is try to recreate NFL Network’s parade of former players. Give us insight, analysis, and reporting. Not gossip and self-indulgent back-slapping nonsense.

  5. I just watched NFL films Tuck Rule: The call that changed …..blah blah.

    How can you be a credible football personality and still not admit that the “tuck rule” was properly called or that you’re not being honest when you say you’d never heard of the rule?

  6. Jason Whitten needs to get the boot as well…He is God awful. That entire Monday Night crew is just awful. I cannot stand listening to them call a game. Romo has set the bar high for these guys. Alot of people do not like his style but I think Gus Johnson is awesome

  7. The problem is that all the networks have to many analysts on their pre game shows. 1 host and a MAX of 3 analysts are enough

  8. Guam will capsize! says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    I just watched NFL films Tuck Rule: The call that changed …..blah blah.

    How can you be a credible football personality and still not admit that the “tuck rule” was properly called or that you’re not being honest when you say you’d never heard of the rule?

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    I don’t know either, but the whiny Raiders need to take it up with all the teams that voted for the Tuck Rule in 1999.

    And, the fact is, Woodson was wildly overrated in Oakland and only became great when he got to GB.

  9. Woodson, Michael Irvin and Shannon Sharpe, are all the same. Rude, THINK their jokes are funny and are always talking over each other and the host. Glad to see him gone.

  10. That show has been a dumpster fire for YEARS now……truly sad the powers that be allowed it to happen. They’re the ones who should be let go.

  11. I grew up when pre-game was Brent and Irv, with Jimmy doing picks, and Phyllis with a player interview. Thirty minutes, and gametime. No waste. Now, these shows can take hours and have almost as many people as the Hollywood Squares, all fighting for talk time. I can’t think of the last time (year, really) I watched a pre-game show on any network.

    Just give me the schedule, the weather for outdoor games, any breaking news about injuries or other significant events, make a couple of picks of key games if you want, and get to the game. That’s all anyone needs. We can get all the rest of the stuff all week from dozens of sources.

  12. Football has fallen a long way since Boomer and Tom Jackson did the highlights without the need for a ridiculous amount of extra talking heads all giving their personal opinion that no one cares about. Just show the damn highlights and present them in an exciting fashion. I can formulate my own opinions without the need for an ESPN personality on a bloated contract.

  13. I would prefer to listen to ex-coordinators and coaches and professional broadcasters than low-IQ jocks. The less of them on the air the better the quality of the product.

  14. steelcurtainn said:”
    Thank goodness, ESPN has been a flop since Berman left.”

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    I think an argument could be made that ESPN held on to Berman for far too long. Berman never adapted, he kept the same old shtick he was doing in the 80s. It was getting beyond tired.

  15. goinballzdeep said:”

    Football has fallen a long way since Boomer and Tom Jackson did the highlights without the need for a ridiculous amount of extra talking heads all giving their personal opinion that no one cares about. Just show the damn highlights and present them in an exciting fashion. I can formulate my own opinions without the need for an ESPN personality on a bloated contract.”

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    Tom Jackson was overrated. I think it was readily apparent that Berman carried him through all of those shows. Of course it didn’t help matters any that those highlight shows came of to me as so incredibly and horribly scripted, they were almost robotic.

  16. yeah, berman and jackson were great. I remember when GB and the bucs played in the eighties berman would say “bay of pigs”. or back then when KC sucked he`d call them the chefs.

  17. They’re only getting rid of him to replace him with he most current Hall Of Fame inductee… Likely Ed Reed, Champ Bailey or Ty Law. It’s a shame because they really need to reduce the number of people on that panel. How many is it now…15?

  18. Bob Sacamano says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    Ty Law only got in the HOF because of Brady

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    I don’t care if BB and Brady pointed out the pathetic nature of Ty Law not being a 1st ballot HOFer.

    His resume is superior to that of Aneas Williams, Bailey’s or Charles Woodson’s.

    When you play in 4 SBs and win 3 rings and carry the torch for about 8 years as a preeminent player in the league, with those stats (more TDs than Bailey), and the impact he had not only on the franchise, but in that part of history of the NFL.

    Get a clue and learn about the history of the league.

    Jealousy of the Pats successes doesn’t mean players should be blocked from the HOF.

  19. He can certainly get a job in Ann Arbor. He can woo the fan base with tales of 1997 and how his beloved Wolverines use to beat Ohio State.

  20. Personally, it’s extremely difficult to find credibility in a full grown man(not early twenties or teenagers) with tattoos on necks and earrings. Truthfully, the only former athletes that I can bear to listen to, and really good are Terry Bradshaw and Charles Barkley.

  21. I think an argument could be made that ESPN held on to Berman for far too long
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    True, but personally I’d take Berman over any of the guys on the set today. They need a new cast.

  22. ESPN contract with the NBA explains why they continue to cut corners on their NFL coverage. They will be losing money by 2020 on their TV contracts and look to be on the outs once the current NFL TV contract with ESPN expires.

  23. “PLEASE let Booger be next… I can’t watch MNF with the volume on because of him.”

    I could not agree more.

  24. He’ll be hired by FS1 by the end of the day. Woodson was a superstar player in both college and the NFL, so FS1 will want his opinion. I’d rather listen to Woodson than some of the other scrubs FS1 employs.

  25. Woodson always sounded like he had marbles in his mouth. The quality of ESPN has absolutely deteriorated and they are far too political.

  26. For whatever reason, ESPN decided to go all “Social Justice Warrior” on us and people do not want that in sports. Hence no ratings, viewership down. Too many Keith Olbermans spouting left wing crap…..enough!

  27. They are keeping Randy “For Me” Moss and letting Charles go. All Randy ever says is the tagline “For Me. He uses it more than athletes use “End of the Day”. The biggest cliche line in all of sports. I thought Charles was pretty insightful. Frankly I think Matt Hasselbeck is the only on air talent worth listening to on show. Moderator Sam Ponder is alright but she is way too young to have any sense of history of the league. I thought Rex Ryan would be better than he is. All the pre-game shows are pretty bad now. The ESPN show was best Berman ran it and Tom Jackson, Chris Carter Michael Irvin/Keyshawn Johnson were the panelists. Say what you want about Chris Berman but he was old enough to talk about the league going back to the sixties.

  28. ESPN is not what it once was. They could use more than a big shake up. Woodson had three long years , was at least two years to long

  29. I guarantee you’ve only been a Pats fan for about 15 years, bandwagon 100%

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    Yeah, that kind of the way it works….win and people become fans.

    Think anybody was a Steelers fan before the 70’s? In the 40 years before 1972, they only had 7 winning seasons. I’m sure people all over the country were fans of them before they starting winning (Thats sarcasm BTW)

    Same thing with the 49ers….and the Cowboys….

    Why would anyone outside of Green Bay root for the Packers? Oh yeah, because they win thats why….one of the largest fans bases out there and the town is tiny, so how could there be so many Packer fans? No reason for anyone in NY, or CA , or anywhere else to be a Packers fan unless they just decided to like a winner. How is that any different from someone deciding to like the Pats now?

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    Yeah, that kind of the way it works….win and people become fans.

    Think anybody was a Steelers fan before the 70’s? In the 40 years before 1972, they only had 7 winning seasons. I’m sure people all over the country were fans of them before they starting winning (Thats sarcasm BTW)

    Same thing with the 49ers….and the Cowboys….

    Why would anyone outside of Green Bay root for the Packers? Oh yeah, because they win thats why….one of the largest fans bases out there and the town is tiny, so how could there be so many Packer fans? No reason for anyone in NY, or CA , or anywhere else to be a Packers fan unless they just decided to like a winner. How is that any different from someone deciding to like the Pats now?

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    And, if when Brady and Coach B retire the team goes on hard times and struggles to win a playoff game, or GASP- miss the playoffs for 4-5 years in a row are you gonna still be a diehard fan?

  31. It makes perfect sense that Charles Woodson would be out at ESPN. He is a consummate professional, a true pro, highly intelligent, a stand-up guy, and is obviously a very earnest person.
    ESPN on the other hand is a festering cesspool.

  32. Maybe they can offer Peyton around $10 to $15 million to help with the pre-game and take over MNF. Booger, Whiten and Tessitore clash to point my ears hurt, they seem to fight for the few seconds between plays and it sounds awful. Tessitore needs to go back to college and the other two were mistakes just like the pre-game show. The main issue with ESPN and the other Pre-game shows are to many people and they all want to get a word in. They should only need to 2 or 3 pundits and someone to mediate between the 2 or 3 not just say their name.

  33. There was a time when ESPN was must watch TV. That ship sailed long ago. I can honestly say I haven’t watched more than 30 minutes of ESPN in the last year and there was a time I had it on every evening for at least 2-3 hours. And I’ll bet I’m not the only one either.

  34. TLawP6:
    His resume is superior to that of Aneas Williams, Bailey’s or Charles Woodson’s.
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    I would agree that Ty Law made the Hall on his own merit, not the coattails of Brady. And his resume, from a team standpoint, is indeed superior to Woodson's. But his individual performance, while impressive and playing about 50 less games, is dwarfed significantly by Wood. Woodson was clearly a more versatile and physical DB. By example: Forced Fumbles 33 to 7; Sacks 20 to 5. The jury was out on Woodson's career being HOF-worthy until he made his incredible run with Green Bay, culminating in a Super Bowl victory in 2010. With that, congrats to Ty Law.

  35. laughterguns says:
    February 7, 2019 at 12:02 pm
    Woodson was not good. Still, Ike Taylor on NFL Network was probably the worst commentator I’ve ever seen. Just awful.

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    So you never saw early Emmitt Smith?

  36. It makes perfect sense that Charles Woodson would be out at ESPN. He is a consummate professional, a true pro, highly intelligent, a stand-up guy, and is obviously a very earnest person.
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    You obviously remember him only from his playing days.

  37. I won’t disrespect any announcer directly, but my observation is that many of the former player commentators/announcers treat the booth a little too much like the locker room environment, maybe they think that they are still the entertainment portion of the game? Which is sad, because they really aren’t entertaining or funny, and of course, when they are it’s an accident. Even blind mice find cheese sometimes.

    On the other hand, Buck and Aikens have grown into a great team in the booth. Preparation really wins the day, and it shows week over week.

    Most viewers want straight calling of the game, with the occasional colorful comment. Note to ESPN: It’s about the game, get people who prepare, not coast on their player career under the misguided notion that they are funny and entertaining outside the locker room too. That schtick only carries you for the neanderthals. The higher order primates want substance.

  38. I don’t care if BB and Brady pointed out the pathetic nature of Ty Law not being a 1st ballot HOFer.

    His resume is superior to that of Aneas Williams, Bailey’s or Charles Woodson’s.
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    Charles Woodson – 8x All-Pro, 4x 1st team, 2000 All-Decade team, 2009 DPOY, 2x INT leader
    Aeneas Williams – 5x All-Pro, 4x 1st team, 1990 All-Decade team
    Champ Bailey – 7x All-Pro, 3x 1st team, 2000 All-Decade team

    … Ty Law – 2x All-Pro, 2x 1st team, 2000 All-Decade team

    He is in ONLY because the Patriots won 3 Super Bowls.

    The other 3 are vastly better than Law ever was.

  39. I would agree that Ty Law made the Hall on his own merit, not the coattails of Brady.
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    I would disagree.

    He was great in his prime, but not HOF caliber.

    The last 4 years of his career he was a marginal corner.

  40. It makes perfect sense that Charles Woodson would be out at ESPN. He is a consummate professional, a true pro, highly intelligent, a stand-up guy, and is obviously a very earnest person.
    ESPN on the other hand is a festering cesspool.
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    I feel bad for Matt Hasselbeck.

    I think he’s really solid, and shouldn’t be associated with that nonsense network.

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