Steelers Hall Of Famer, Rod Woodson Is Now Oakland Raiders Secondary Coach

New Oakland Raiders head coach, Hue Jackson started his reign out right by hiring Hall Of Fame corner back and safety Rod Woodson to mentor his defensive backs, a group that at the present moment does NOT include All Pro corner back Nnamdi Asomugha.

Woodson spent 10 seasons in a Steelers uniform, and through his career was elected to the Pro Bowl 11 times (an NFL record for a defensive back). He is one in a long line of Steelers to be named the Defensive Player of the Year (after the 1993 season) and holds multiple NFL records, including most interceptions returned for touchdowns (12) and most interception return yards (1,483). He is currently ranked third on the all time interceptions list with 71 picks.

He played two seasons with the Oakland Raiders, before retiring and becoming a studio analyst for the NFL Network.

Many Steelers fans hoped and thought that he would consider taking over the coaching duties for the Steelers defensive backs, but it was not meant to be. Woodson is a known Dick LeBeau fan, and the best rationalization for him taking the Raiders job is that he and his family currently live on the West Coast, and there really was no legitimate reason for him to uproot his entire family to coach under Dick LeBeau, especially with LeBeau’s status on retirement uncertain at this moment in time.

All in all, Woodson will always be remembered for his years with the Steelers, and even if his coaching career never graces the Pittsburgh franchise with his presence, Steel Hurtin’ wishes him the best of luck in all of his ventures, both in coaching and in life.



~ by Steel Hurtin on February 14, 2011.

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