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Charles Woodson tabbed ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ in final Pro Bowl

Oakland Raiders legend Charles Woodson entered unfamiliar territory on Wednesday as the last player picked for the 2016 Pro Bowl on Team Rice.

Woodson earned his ninth bid to the NFL’s all-star contest after a season in which he notched five interceptions, one forced fumble and a whopping four fumble recoveries. Behind Woodson’s veteran leadership, head coach Jack Del Rio‘s defensive unit improved a great deal on the field and has tremendous upside for 2016.

That will all come without the Heisman Trophy winner, who plans to retire after the official end of the season. His last game in an NFL uniform will come on Sunday, when he suits up against Michael Irvin‘s team in Hawaii as they represent Jerry Rice‘s hand-picked squad. 

The last-man-selected label doesn’t necessarily indicate a slight on the part of the captains, however. According to Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride, Michael Irvin said Woodson was picked last because he wanted him to be the last face fans saw among the group of the league’s best. 

Whether anyone actually believes it is another matter altogether. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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