Rod Woodson

Rod Woodson

Hall of Fame Defensive Back

Rod Woodson is a former NFL defensive back, playing 17 seasons in the league. A 6-time All-Pro and 11-time Pro Bowler, Woodson is considered one of the best defensive players of all time. 

Woodson began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers after they selected him with the 10th overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft. Woodson had a 10-year stint with the Steelers, which included an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1993. 

Woodson then played for the Baltimore Ravens where he was a key piece in their dominant defense that led the team to a Super Bowl championship in the 2000-2001 season. Woodson later played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders. 

Woodson holds the record for fumble recoveries by a defensive player (32), and interceptions returned for a touchdown (12). Woodson finished his career with 71 interceptions, which are the third-most in NFL history. 

Woodson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2009 class in his first year of eligibility. 

Woodson was an All-American defensive back and an All-American kick returner at Purdue University. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016. Woodson grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and during his playing career, he held youth camps at his former high school.

After his playing career ended, Woodson began working as an analyst for NFL Network. In 2011, he started his coaching career with the Raiders as a cornerbacks coach. Woodson will serve as a head coach in the XFL for Las Vegas in 2023.


Charvarius Ward Gets Measuring Stick Game vs. Cooper Kupp

Charvarius Ward was signed by the San Francisco 49ers this offseason to be one of the team’s top cornerbacks. And in Week 4, Hall of Fame defender Rod Woodson says Ward will get a measuring stick game to see where he ranks among all the cornerbacks in the NFL, facing the Los Angeles Rams’ Cooper […]


Bills vs. Ravens: Challenges Await Both Secondaries

Rod Woodson breaks down the Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens matchup on both sides of the field. Can a banged-up Bills’ secondary handle the Ravens’ explosive passing attack? Can Baltimore’s talented but inconsistent secondary hang with Buffalo’s vaunted wide receiver corps?


Breaking Down the Key to Bills, Dolphins AFC East Tilt

Analyst Rod Woodson explains why Sunday’s Bills-Dolphins matchup will come down to the Bills’ secondary vs Miami’s speedy receivers. The NFL Hall of Famer takes an in-depth look at the matchup between Jaylen Waddle, Tyreek Hill and a talented group of Bills’ defensive backs ahead of their weekend showdown.


Raiders ‘Are in Trouble’ if They Don’t Defeat the Titans

The Las Vegas Raiders and the Tennessee Titans are both 0-2 heading into their Week 3 showdown, but Rod Woodson understands there’s a different sense of urgency on each side. While the Titans face a much easier path in the weak AFC South, the Raiders must navigate a difficult road through the gauntlet of the […]


Bills Wide Receivers vs. Titans Defense: Who Has the Edge?

The 33rd Team’s Rod Woodson is keyed in on a matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans in Week 2 of the NFL season. The AFC powerhouses will meet on Monday night, and Woodson will have his eye on one matchup in particular. The Hall of Fame defensive back explains why the Titans’ […]


How to Cover Justin Jefferson

Hall of Fame safety Rod Woodson breaks down how to cover Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson—both as a individual matchup and with the defensive scheme. The two-time Pro Bowl receiver is one of the toughest covers in the league, but Woodson has some ideas on how today’s defensive backs can start to slow him […]


The WR-DB Matchups That Will Decide Week 1

Former All-Pro defensive back Rod Woodson breaks down the three individual WR-DB matchups that will be must-see TV in Week 1. The winners of these matchups will help sway several Week 1 matchups and help their teams start the season off on the right foot.

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