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Woodson Ranks 85th in NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013"

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Woodson Ranks 85th in NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013"

The NFL Network unveiled former Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson on Thursday as the 85th ranked player on their annual "Top 100 Players" list as part of its 2013 edition.

The list is voted upon by players in the NFL, and the off-the-cuff reaction is, "Really?"

Intuitively, the ones playing the game should know best, but this is a prime example that the athletes themselves are not a whole lot unlike fans voting for the Pro Bowl that tend to give too much credit for past performance and name recognition.

Considering that Packers released Woodson during the offseason and he has yet to sign a contract anywhere in the NFL, an argument could be made that Woodson doesn't deserve to be among the Top 500 players in the NFL let alone the Top 100 in an objective analysis.

Granted, Woodson's asking price and preference for playing for a contending team may be preventing him from latching on somewhere else. Still, the fact of the matter is that he's lost a step, maybe two, and his best days are behind him.

There's no doubt that Woodson was probably among the Top 10 players in the NFL as recently as 2009, but those days are now in the rearview mirror.

For a more realistic and objective analysis, you're better off checking out's Top 101 players of 2012 based upon last season's performance.


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Denver's picture

Father Time took a nip out of #21 in 2011 and then a big bite in 2012. It was tough to watch until he went down with the collarbone. I still laugh at myself for thinking he would be able to 'spy' on Kaepernick.

Lucky953's picture

Was in Ann Arbor when Michigan won the National Title and Charles won the Heisman. I remember him making a one-handed INT against MI State (2 pics that day) and then returning a punt for a TD against Ohio State in the last showdown game of the year (also had a pic in the endzone). An all-time great athlete, electrifying player. We miss you Charles!

J.'s picture

as a Packer fan/shareholder...I too agree, Really?! - 'cuz he missed damn near the whole season. What a Joke...Retire already Charles..its Beyond past time, sorry buddy. You should've after the Super Bowl 45 win, you've been garbage ever since. (And) there were times during & before That season I woulda' said so too.

Mark d's picture

Earth is covered 3/4 by water. The rest by Charles Woodson #21

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