After the first of his five Pro Bowls, Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson was invited to speak at the annual Hall of Honor dinner, where he was greeted by a room full of journalists and other guests, who were all there to hear him talk about his first NFL start.
The first question Woodson fielded was about his time in New York.
“I don’t know if that’s the biggest thing, but I can tell you that when I went down there, I was so excited to be a part of the team,” Woodson said, in a statement posted on the Hall of Hardship website.
He also said he’s been to New York three times since his rookie season. “
So it’s always been my dream, the dream of my life, to be able to wear the uniform of the New York Giants and to be the first in my family to play in a Pro Bowl.”
He also said he’s been to New York three times since his rookie season.
The New York Daily News did not name Woodson because he is black.
In fact, it only mentioned his hometown when talking about him, as if he was a special snowflake in a sea of white players.
“When I went there, it was a dream come true for me,” Woodsons father, Bill Woodson, said during a panel discussion about the first Super Bowl win of Woodson’s career, when he was in his fourth season.
“There was a big wall of people, but they were so happy, they were excited, and they were like, ‘Wow, he’s the first black player.’
And that was the first time, I think, I saw that.”
Woodson started off his first career with the Patriots, and after winning a Super Bowl with the Jets in 2004, the Patriots were among the teams that selected him in the third round in the 2001 NFL Draft.
He spent six years in New England, including two with the team that drafted him, and was the team’s starting cornerback until his retirement in 2008.
Woodson has spent time with the Cowboys, Jaguars, Broncos, Raiders, Steelers and 49ers, and played three seasons with the Chargers, who traded him to the Patriots in 2018.
He was selected first overall by the Giants in 2011, but the team traded him for cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the offseason, and Woodson spent the next four years in the New England locker room, playing with the likes of Kyle Arrington, Buster Skrine and Patrick Peterson.
The NFL announced in October 2018 that Woodson would be enshrined in Canton.
“Charles Woodson is one of the most beloved athletes in the NFL today,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a news release.
“We are proud of his contributions to our game, his contributions in the community and his continued dedication to our cause.”
A year after the Hall Of Fame announcement, the media circus that has followed Woodson and the rest of his Hall of Famers has made it impossible for him to get the respect he deserves, and the media has been relentless in their attempts to turn his story into something negative, and as a result, it has led to some of the worst stories about him in recent memory.
“You just can’t let a lot of stuff get out there,” Woodssons son, Chris, told the Daily News.
“That’s why I love this job.
That’s why it’s why we’ve always done this.
It’s what we love.
We’re so passionate about the game.
And when you see it, it’s not good.”
Woodsson and Woodsons wife, Stacy, had two sons, Alex, 11, and Hunter, 8, who play football with the Vikings.
He is married to the former New York Jets defensive back, and their daughters, Arianne and Ashley, are the only children of his wife, Ann.
The family also has a 13-year-old son, Dylan.
“He loves it.
He loves this,” Wood’s son said of the Hall.
“Because he’s going to have to live with it, and it’s something that he has to deal with.
I think he’s done a great job in being a great example to his kids.”
He is not the only person to be subject to such unfair scrutiny.
The 2016 Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson was also stripped of the Pro Bowl for violating the league’s personal conduct policy for violating anti-drug policy.
Peterson was convicted of assaulting his then-wife, former NFL player Lisa Friel, in 2009 and was fined $10,000 and suspended for two years.
His wife, now wife of Hall of Giver quarterback Johnny Manziel, was also fined $5,000.
Woodsions family has not been able to maintain their silence, and even after he was drafted by the Browns