Once a Steeler, always a Steeler. That seems to be the thinking of one of the greatest cornerbacks of all-time, as Rod Woodson will be getting his ultimate reward this summer -a bust in Canton, OH in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Woodson spoke to KNBR in San Francisco, and says that if he had to choose a team to go into the Hall with, he’d go in as a member of the black and gold.
“If you’re a Steeler – once a Steeler, always a Steeler. I mean the Steelers faithful travel extremely well,” Woodson said in the interview. “But as an individual, if they made me choose a team going in to the Hall of Fame, I would have chosen the Pittsburgh Steelers, but as a whole, I have to thank every single team that I played with.”
“I enjoyed the ten years that I had with the Steelers, it was remarkable, it was my start, but it wasn’t my finish. I think the vast majority of the body of work was done in Pittsburgh but the four years I spent in Baltimore, I got the ring, I transitioned positions in Baltimore, met a lot of great individual players, have a lot of great friendships from there. Same thing with the 49ers and same thing with the Raiders, so you know, it’s kind of hard. I’m a bi-racial person in life, I’m a mixed race, and I’m a mutt in football. I played on multiple teams and it was fun.”
Woodson was always a great player on and off the field, and despite the fact he wrapped up his career with other teams, it’s a class act to see him appreciate the team that he spent the biggest part of his career with.