Thursday Night Football’s matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders will be Charles Woodson‘s final game in the NFL, Woodson said in a press conference.
Woodson retires from the game after a resurgent season for him and the Raiders. Despite multiple shoulder injuries, Woodson registered 5 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) December 22, 2015
Meanwhile, his Raiders remained in the playoff hunt until a 30-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers dropped them to 6-8.
One thing is for sure, Woodson plays his final game in the O.co Coliseum. He said he wanted to let Raiders fans know before his final home game in silver and black, according to his press conference.
Woodson said the decision dawned on him after returning to his home-state for a November game against the Detroit Lions.
This Thursday Night matchup could also be the Raiders’ final game in Oakland and the Coliseum. Currently, the Raiders proposed a joint-proposal for a Los Angeles stadium with the Chargers.
Woodson said he would be sad for Oakland fans if Thursday was the last game here. “The fans here identify with this team.” #Raiders
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) December 22, 2015
Woodson’s contract was set to expire after the season, but he had not officially decided to retire, until today.
The 1997 Heisman trophy winner from Michigan played in a Superbowl for the 2002 Raiders, and he won a Championship with Green Bay in 2010. Woodson also won the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year with the Packers.
Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. pic.twitter.com/fKJbWhzso3
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 22, 2015
Many consider him one of the greatest defensive players and defensive backs ever.
Across 18 NFL seasons, Woodson registered more than 20 sacks, 60 interceptions and 30 fumbles. He is one of a few players in NFL history to accumulate that stat-line.
The Raiders play Woodson’s final game in the O.Co Coliseum on Thursday at 5:25 P.M. versus the Chargers.