Woodson: 'It says I'm one of the greatest to ever play this game'
Dennis Allen: “He’s made a habit of doing that his whole career – a defensive score and an interception to seal the game." (USATSI)
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Raiders free safety Charles Woodson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday morning, a few days after the 37-year old proved he’s still got it.
Woodson returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown and had an interception that sealed Sunday night’s 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The fumble return was the 13th of Woodson’s storied career, which ties an NFL record for defensive touchdowns with Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson.
The interception was his 56th, which ranks No. 17 in league history.
“He’s made a habit of doing that his whole career – a defensive score and an interception to seal the game,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “That’s what we expect out of him. He’s been a playmaker for us and he’ll continue to be a playmaker for us.”
Strong safety Brandian Ross was in position to pick up the fumble and run, but Woodson stepped in and scored a touchdown valuable to the final result.
“I told Brandian during the game, I said, 'He’s had enough, you don’t have to give it to him (laughter),’” Allen said. “Hey listen, you get enough guys running around to the football and good things are going to happen. I thought on the play, really, Brandian Ross and Nick Roach both were kind of at the point of contact when the ball came out and then Brandian was able to scoop it up and finally Woodson got it and he knew what to do with it when he got it.”
Woodson has inspired a defense playing beyond expectation. He’s been the ring leader for several big plays, leading a unit with just one starter remaining from last season and little star power.
“They play the game the right way, they go out there and play hard, they play fast, and they play the game physical,” Allen said. “If you play the game that way eventually the breaks are going to come your way. I know we may not have the most recognizable names on that defense, but we have some pretty good football players out there.”