Sandys/The Washington Post) With an interception returned for a touchdown last week against the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall joined elite company, becoming the fifth active player to have at least 40 picks in his career. He joined a club that features Houstons Ed Reed (61 interceptions in 12 seasons), Oaklands Charles Woodson (55 in 16), Denvers Champ Bailey (52 in 15) and Atlantas Asante Samuel (50 in 11). On Sunday, Hall will see Woodson, who at just more than a week shy of his 37th birthday is the elder statesman of that group. Hall tends to have a love-hate relationship with Redskins fans. At times, he draws praise as one of the defenses top playmakers. But he also endures harsh criticism when he gives up big plays or commits personal fouls. Hall has Woodsons respect, however.
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“It worked out,” Woodson says now. “I talk about how I slowed down, well, I moved to an environment that was that way. Green Bay is a blue-collar community, and it’s all about the Packers. I was able to go there, slow down and focus on the game.” Woodson not only dived into football but also became a more responsible citizen. He made a $2 million donation to a Children and Women’s hospital at his alma mater in 2009. Friends credit his joy to familial bonds; Charles and his wife, April, have two young sons, Charles Jr. and Chase. “When you have a lot of money and you’re single, you can do a lot of wild and crazy things — which he did,” Brown says of Woodson.
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He had two takeaways in Sunday nights 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers , both of them vital to the outcome. His fumble recovery returned 25 yards for a touchdown kept the surging Chargers at a reasonable distance in the second half. His fourth-quarter interception officially sealed a crucial victory. Hes become a spark plug, an unquestioned leader in name, speech and effort. Woodsons at the tail end of a storied career, but he still has juice left in the tank. Every now and then, youre reminded of all the good things hes done. His big score was the 13th defensive touchdown of his career, which ties an NFL record reached by Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson . It says that Im one of the greatest to ever play this game, Woodson said.
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It was a great run!” Poston, who didn’t talk to the Packers brain trust, wasn’t aware of Green Bay offering Woodson a reduced salary to remain with the team in 2013. Woodson was due a base salary of $6.5 million next season, with a $3.5 million roster bonus. His cap number for 2013 was pegged at $9,437,500. “I’m assuming they didn’t (give Woodson an option) because he didn’t mention it,” Poston told USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell. “I don’t think they even brought it up.” Woodson was the NFL’s second-oldest defensive back last season after Ronde Barber of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Woodson watched the second half of the Super Bowl XLV victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers from the sideline after breaking his collarbone.