Even though the Oakland Raiders are a long way from the Super Bowl, their name still rings out. During the Super Bowl Media Day, the Oakland Raiders and safety Charles Woodson were mentioned during the session.
In the first instance, Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was responding to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman claim he was the best in the game.
“He has been playing well, but I tell myself anytime you have a Champ Bailey, Asante Samuel, Charles Woodson
in the game you can't feel you are the best right now,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “As good as you are, those guys have been doing it.”
That is the kind of respect Woodson commands around the league. He has played 16 seasons with 56 career interceptions, 122 passes defended, 27 forced fumbles and a NFL
record 13 defensive touchdown returns. Even at 37 years old, Woodson was a factor for the Raiders this season. He started all 16 games and amassed nearly 100 tackles. He forced three fumbles, intercepted a pass, and scored the record tying fumble recovery touchdown. His play and leadership and some reasons Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie
wants Woodson back next season.
“I thought he was very solid and could contribute and I told him so,” McKenzie said at his year end meeting with the press. “I told I would like to talk about getting him back here.”
Even the great Peyton Manning
could not keep the Raiders out of his mouth on Media Day
. Manning was recalling the Broncos final regular season game this season in Oakland
where the Raiders honored their 1983 Super Bowl
“We played the Raiders the last week of the season and at halftime they were honoring the 1983 Raiders Super Bowl
champs,” Manning said. “It really impacted our team. Coach Fox made a point that if we were to win it, you would always have that connection.”
The Super Bowl
XVIII 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins was the franchises' last and third overall. McKenzie is now tasked to find a way to get the once great franchise back to that pedestal.
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, Peyton Manning
, Reggie McKenzie
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