Back in 1992, the Cowboys took a chance on this quick, yet hard-hitting hybrid linebacker from Arizona State, knowing they were going to move him to safety. Twelve years and five Pro Bowls later, one would assume things turned out just fine for Darren Woodson. A second-round pick in 1992, the first of two consecutive Super Bowl seasons, it didn't take Woodson long to become one of the defensive leaders.
Not only did Woodson prove he could become an all-around safety at the NFL level, but he also was able to line up on the slot receiver in nickel situations - a rare occurrence in today's NFL, where most teams covet three corners to play in the nickel. What a luxury it was for the Cowboys to have a safety line up on a receiver in man coverage, yet remaining close enough to the line of scrimmage to also lend ample run support.
And if it is tackles you like, no one has registered more for the Cowboys. The same day Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton's NFL rushing record in 2002, Woodson quietly went into the record books as well, surpassing Lee Roy Jordan (1,236) as the Cowboys' all-time leading tackler. Woodson finished his 12-year career in 2003 with 1,350 career stops.
Apr 12, 2006 at 11:27 AM
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