NFL News of July 28, 2003

Of all the things someone could call Charles Woodson—Heisman Trophy winner, four-time Pro Bowl selection, elite cornerback—Patrick Surtain made an odd choice.


…So that’s it. You can win the biggest award in college football, the first predominantly defensive player to do so, by the way. You can come into the NFL and from the start be the sort of cornerback who takes half of the field out of play. You can collect Pro Bowls like most people do.

It doesn’t matter.

Once you get hurt, you become vulnerable. You get lit up in the biggest game of the year, your team is embarrassed and suddenly there are questions about your health, your future with the only NFL team you have known and, yes, your reputation as an elite player.

— Craig Lancaster, San Jose Mercury News “Surtain has a word for Woodson: overrated”

Woodson and Surtain each entered the NFL in the 1998 draft. Surtain retired upon being released by the Kansas City Chiefs following the 2008 season. He was a two-time All Pro and three-time Pro Bowler. Woodson played for the Raiders from 1998 through 2005, signed with the Packers from 2006 to 2012, and has since returned to the Raiders. He has amassed 7 All Pro selections and 8 Pro Bowl selections. He is one of the few players to be elected to a Pro Bowl in three different decades.

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