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Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson talk Class of '98

11/5/2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It certainly doesn't take long to take roll for the Class of '98 any more.

Two-thirds of the players selected in the 1998 NFL draft who still remain in the league will be on the same field on Sunday in Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson.

Manning was selected first overall by the Indianapolis Colts that year as Woodson was selected No. 4 overall by the Raiders.

"To be playing as well as he is as a defensive secondary guy, is pretty impressive," Manning said Wednesday. "He's making plays with his cover skills and kind of roaming, ranging skills, but I see him sticking his nose and shoulders in there making tackles like he did when he was 23, 24 years old."

And the third player left from that draft? When asked Wednesday, if he could name him, Woodson said, with a chuckle: "No."

Told it was current Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck -- a sixth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers that year -- the light went on for the 38-year-old Woodson, a former Heisman Trophy winner as well as former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

"Matt Hasselbeck? Son of a gun ... there's only three of us, huh? Well, you know what man? It's a blessing to have played this long, to be one of three from '98 class," Woodson said. "I'm proud of that."