Charles Woodson gets ultimate Pro Bowl honor: Mr. Irrelevant
Charles Woodson will undoubtedly end up in Canton, Ohio, enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the greatest to ever play football.
But his final game in an NFL uniform is off to a rather inauspicious start.
In Wednesday’s Pro Bowl Draft in Hawaii, Woodson was the final pick. Mr. Irrelevant. Perhaps the most decorated player in the game, being the last player to have his name called, joining Raiders teammates Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray on Team Rice, captained by Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.
“Shame on you guys,” said Jon Gruden, who selected Woodson in his first draft with the Raiders in 1998 and was serving as commentator at the draft for ESPN.
Not to worry … the move, according to Team Irvin captain Michael Irvin, was intentional — and not a slight Woodson.
Michael Irvin says they picked Charles Woodson last on purpose. As it's his last Pro Bowl and to make him the last face you saw. Come on.
— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) January 28, 2016
Woodson, the 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-Pro, is retiring after 18 seasons, during which he collected 65 interceptions, 13 defensive touchdowns and a Super Bowl championship with Green Bay in 2010-11.
There is no denying Woodson enjoyed his greatest success in his seven seasons as a Packer, but according to the executive who likely knows Woodson best, it was his return to the Raiders that ultimately sealed the cornerback’s place in Canton.
Speaking with FOX NFL Insider Alex Marvez and former Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie had plenty of praise — and sentiment — for Woodson, whom McKenzie said he wanted to draft out of Michigan in 1998 when he was with the Packers, as their director of player personnel.