Las Vegas Raiders legend Charles Woodson recently reacted to a Twitter question posed by a Bay Area radio host. The spat was interesting, to say the least.
Woodson is seen as one of the greatest to ever put on the Silver and Black, that much is not up for debate. However, some might not feel he’s worthy of the praise that’s often bestowed upon him. One such figure who put it for debate recently was Bonta Hill of 95.7 The Game. He posted the question on his Twitter account.
Is Charles Woodson even a top-5 Oakland Raider?
â€” Bonta Hill (@BontaHill) July 7, 2020
Here We Go…
Woodson’s greatness can’t be argued, he was a multiple-time Pro Bowler, First and Second Team All-Pro on four occasions each, and NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The future Hall of Famer doesn’t shy away from making his feelings known, his take on the George Floyd protests and movements that followed it are a good example. Well, Woodson weighed in on this particular question via his own Twitter account as well.
Minus the championships I will put mine up against anybody!!!
â€” Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) July 7, 2020
There were many replies as you can imagine. Some who grew up this past generation might revere Woodson. Since 1998, Woodson was one of, if not the most, important players to don the Silver and Black. By the same token, it can be said his best years were with the Green Bay Packers where he helped lead the team to a Super Bowl victory.
Nah. His best years were in GB
â€” loshkee brah (@loshkee_brah) July 7, 2020
Top 5 member of the Raiders?
As two Raiders fans pointed out, the argument for Woodson’s “Top 5” status is hard to make. Maybe him coming back and showing loyalty to the organization that gave him his shot helped endear him. Likewise, the Silver and Black are littered with greats who could quickly fill out such a list. Interestingly enough, we can see a common theme and that’s that many of the players in those fan lists were from previous eras that many of them weren’t even alive to witness. Woodson, for his part, was arguably one of the most dominant players the Raiders had during its “Dark Age.”
Love, love, love Charles Woodson, but there’s no way he’s Top 5. The offensive line had Shell, Upshaw, and Otto. There’s three right there that no one could argue with.
Couple that with Woodson having many of his awesome years with the Pack, and he’s sitting somewhere near #10.
â€” Write Here, Write Now (@PaulDees3XChin) July 7, 2020
Whether you agree with Hill or not, this debate is definitely a fair one when you look at the entire history of the Raiders. Even if hypothetically speaking Woodson isn’t a “Top 5″ Raiders player, it won’t erase what he means for an entire generation of fans that grew up during one the bleakest eras for the Silver and Black.
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