Oakland Raiders: Rod Woodson Brings Winning Tradition

The Raiders not only added a Hall of Famer to their coaching staff Monday, but the hiring of Rod Woodson is bringing the wisdom, knowledge and tradition of a consistent winning attitude back to the Silver and Black.

Woodson played 17 NFL seasons and was nominated to 11 Pro Bowls from 1987-2003, the final two with the Raiders. He’s made three appearances in the Super Bowl with Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Oakland and has a Super Bowl ring to validate his credibility.

“It’s an honor to be back with the Raiders and be able to talk to Raider players about true football,” said Woodson. “I’m looking forward to working with the organization and the challenges of the 2011 season.”

Woodson played collegiate ball at Purdue and was the Pittsburgh Steelers first round draft pick in 1987. He’ll work with the secondary with Kevin Ross, who is coaching the safeties, but he has the ability to work with the cornerbacks, safeties and kick returners. He specialized in all three positions during his 17-year playing career in the NFL.

Woodson is a teacher, and players will be like sponges when he speaks to the team. He’ll be able to teach the defensive backs techniques on how to play against top receivers in the AFC West and maintain inside leverage on certain down and distance situations, and how to win games in the fourth quarter.

Hue Jackson knows Woodson is a communicator, and the Raiders need a voice of a leader in the organization who has been down the road the players are trying to reach.

"I'm excited that we have a Hall of Fame player who is coming back to the organization," Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. "I was extremely impressed during the interview process with his communication skills."

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