OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys’ all-time leading tackler is about to get an ultimate recognition.
Darren Woodson will become the next member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor at AT&T Stadium, a move announced Tuesday at training camp.
Woodson, now a member of ESPN, has been at the camp site since Sunday.
The official ceremony will take place Nov. 1 against the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium.
"Darren was a difference-maker on the field and off the field," owner Jerry Jones said in the press conference Tuesday. "This is a pleasure for me. Darren was a huge part of our defense."
Woodson becomes the 21st player inducted, and the 19th player, and the first induction since the Cowboys added Drew Pearson, Larry Allen and Charles Haley at once in 2011.
"This is an amazing day for me," Woodson said. "It's an absolute honor. This has always been my family. This has always been about football."
A five-time Pro Bowler, Woodson is the only player in Cowboys history to play for five head coaches (Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo and Bill Parcells.) He finished his career with 1,350 tackles, surpassing Lee Roy Jordan (1,236) in 2012.[embeddedad0]
“He’s the ultimate warrior. There’s no more like him,” said teammate Nate Newton. “He never left the field. He played all the special teams. He only left the field with the offense. He made everyone better. He was the back end to our defense.”
Woodson is the eighth defensive player inducted into the Ring of Honor, and just the second who played in the 90’s era, along with Haley.