Raiders enjoy piece of Woodson's glory

January, 31, 2009
1/31/09
4:22
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It certainly doesn't match the jubilation in Kansas City over Derrick Thomas' election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the Oakland Raiders got a small piece of glory Saturday.

Defensive back Rod Woodson, elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot, played in Oakland during the final two years of his 17-season NFL career. Woodson spent the majority of his career with Pittsburgh. He won a Super Bowl with Baltimore and he spent a season with San Francisco as well.

Woodson said Saturday that he represents all four of the teams he played for. Woodson's NFL career ended in 2004 when Oakland released him shortly before training camp. His first season in Oakland was productive. He led the NFL in interceptions that season at the age of 37. The Raiders went to the Super Bowl that season.

Woodson will never be remembered solely as a Raider, but his Hall of Fame career did end there.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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