Woodson Cemented His GOAT Status 25 Years Ago Today

Woodson Cemented His GOAT Status 25 Years Ago Today

Charles Woodson is the greatest ever football player at the University of Michigan. He was officially named the GOAT 25-years ago.

Spend some time at various Ann Arbor tailgates during the fall season, and ask the Maize & Blue faithful who they think is the greatest Wolverine football player. You’re likely to get the same answer every time: Charles Woodson.

Woodson was a Michigan player from 1995-1997, under Lloyd Carr as head coach. He helped lead the Wolverines towards a National Championship and won the Heisman Trophy during his final season in Ann Arbor. Woodson became the first and only college football defensive player to win Heisman 25 years ago.

Here are some of Woodson’s career highlights at the University of Michigan


  • Woodson was a true two-way player and won Big Ten Freshman Of The Year honors. He also earned second-team All Big Ten honors.


  • He set a record for pass breaksups (15) in his sophomore year and was named Chevrolet Defensive player of the Year and AP First Team All-American.
  • Woodson was a finalist in the Jim Thorpe Award, and was named to the All-Big Ten First Team.

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  • Woodson was the third player in Michigan Football History (Tom Harmon, 1940, Desmond Howard, 1991) to win The Heisman Trophy. He is still the only defensive player to have received the award to this date.
  • Woodson was instrumental in leading the Wolverines to an undefeated 12-0 year and a share the national championship. Washington State was defeated in the Rose Bowl.
  • Woodson was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award and the Jim Thorpe Award for his 1997 efforts. He was also named All Big Ten First-Team, All-Team All American and Big Ten Defensive player of the year.
  • Woodson’s college career ended with 18 interceptions and 30 passes defensed. Woodson’s 18 career interceptions are still a great record. 2nd place on Michigan’s all time interception list, behind only Tom Curtis (25 interceptions from 1966-1969).

Below is a video with over seven minutes of highlights from Woodson’s Michigan career:

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