Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson may be turning 38 in October but he does not see that as a reason to make 2014 his final season in the NFL.
The eight-time Pro Bowler and seven-time All Pro told me during an interview for Sky Sports and the Wembley gameday magazine that he is not embarking on this upcoming campaign as some kind of elongated farewell tour of the NFL.
“The way I feel right now, my body feels great. Why it feels great, I have no clue. But it does. If I still feel as good as I do now at the end of this season, I’m just going to keep going. I feel great, I’m a football player at heart and I’m not ready to leave yet.”
Woodson played more than 1,000 snaps for the Raiders in 2013 and was a regular starter at the safety position, proving veterans can still be solid contributors in what is increasingly becoming a young man’s league.
As you would expect, Woodson was happy to see the Raiders sign several veteran players in the off-season, including quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Maurice Jones-Drew and defenders such as Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Smith.
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year said:
“I’m a firm believer in bringing in proven veterans. It seems that teams around the NFL are trying to get younger and younger each year. It seems that guys who have been around a while and can play the game are getting weeded out. I don’t like that.
“That’s what we’ve done this year in bringing in guys from around the league who can still play. They are guys who still have chips on their shoulders from leaving the organisations they were a part of and I’m excited to play with them. I think they will help us out a great deal. You need some experience. You need a healthy mix of veterans and young players and I think we have that.”
You can see the full interview with Charles Woodson on Sky Sports during the NFL season or you can read it in the Raiders-Dolphins gameday magazine sold at Wembley Stadium in September.
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