Aw, hell. I knew it had to happen someday. Looks like my favorite NFL player for the past 15 or so years--15? Has it been that long?--Looks like he's finally being put out to pasture. (And I mean no disrespect with that term...he's earned a relaxing retirement.)
Rod Woodson was let go by the Oakland Raiders today, apparently for failing a physical. For those non-football fans out there, Woodson was one of the greatest defensive backs in the history of football. He wasn't as flashy as Deion, but he was nearly as fast (Woodson was a world-class hurdler) and covered just as well. He wasn't as big as "Night Train" Lane, but he hit as hard. Hell, take Woodson and Lane in their prime at your corners, throw in Ronnie Lott and Ken Houston in the safety positions, and you could shut down just about any air attack that came down the pike.
It's hard not to like Woodson. He's what's known as a stand-up guy. No flash, no scandal...a true leader on and off the field. Like all best of the best, he not only played with his body, he played with his heart.
I'm sad to see him go, but I thank him for the greatness he brought to the game, and I wish him well in the future.