Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) raises his arms after the Oakland Raiders intercepted Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7, not pictured) during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders' Woodson: 'I want to come back now more than ever'


Despite Sunday’s lopsided 56-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders’ safety Charles Woodson remains committed to the organization that drafted him 4th overall back in 1998.

Woodson already declared on 95.7 The Game earlier this week that he wanted to come back to the Bay in 2014, but, according to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair, his resolve has grown even stronger.

 “I want to come back more now than ever,” Woodson said. “I want to win here, and I plan on winning here again. This season isn’t what we would’ve liked it to be. I really believe in what’s going to happen going forward and the changes that are going to be made around here. I want to be a part of it.


“I’m more excited than ever to start working on the next phase.”

Woodson has spent nine of his 16 seasons with the Raiders’ organization – 8 after they drafted him before heading to Green Bay for 7 – and was a part of Oakland’s last visit to the Super Bowl in 2002.

Despite the team’s 4-10 record this season – and losing 6 out of their last 7 ball games – the 8-time Pro Bowler, who is tied for second in all-time interceptions returned for touchdowns (11) — isn’t fazed and wants to help see the team become contenders again.

Woodson, now 37, should be commended for the team-first attitude, especially with the norm of athletes wanting to go to immediate contenders late in their career.




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