No matter where the team is in the standings or going in the future, Raidernation stands up. The Oakland Raiders are coming off a tough 4-12 year and a significant playoff drought since 2002. However, that has not deterred the silver and black fans from coming out to show Charles Woodson how much they would love to have him back in Oakland.
“I’ll tell you man, it was overwhelming,” Woodson said in a conference call with the media. “I think that if at any time I’d ever forgotten what the love was like in Oakland, I was definitely reminded yesterday.”
Upwards of 100 Raider faithful met Woodson when he landed to meet with the team. He was drafted by the Raiders in the 1998 NFL Draft and played his first eight NFL season in Oakland. He made four Pro Bowls as well as being a key cog in three straight playoff appearances from 2000-2002, which included a Super Bowl trip. With that kind of success, Woodson is a fan favorite and that support helped him choose the Raiders.
I think it played a big part,” Woodson said. “I think that I was actually scared of leaving the facility to not having a deal done. I don’t know if I would have made it out of there. But that was a big deal. Receiving that kind of welcome, it definitely put me in a mindset that it would be a good decision to make it happen.”
Now both parties are looking forward to the 2013 season with Woodson back with the Raiders. He has a chance to help this team become more competitive and if he can succeed, his stock with Raidernation could be at an all-time high.
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