It is absolutely no secret that Raider Nation loves, admires and misses CB Charles Woodson and has since the day he left Oakland in 2005. After being drafted by the Raiders fourth overall in 1998 NFL Draft, Woodson went on to win two Defensive Rookie of the Year awards, was a three-time All-Pro and a four-time Pro Bowler just during his stay in the Bay. Not only is Woodson highly acclimated, but he is beloved by Raiders fans everywhere (probably the most beloved Raider in the last decade) and now the Nation is going to prove it tomorrow.
So far, 272 Raiders fans have RSVP’d on Facebook to this gathering that will take place tomorrow morning in Alameda County at Raiders HQ. Fans will be in attendance to tailgate and welcome Woodson once he touches down in an attempt to woo him back to the Black Hole. What was originally a harmless idea that was posted on Twitter has now blown up into a full-fledged “movement”, as the Raider Nation is calling it. It worked for when Philip Wheeler was trying to decide on where to sign last offseason, so why can’t it work now on an even bigger scale?
Although Woodson’s intentions are still unknown, all I do know is that Raider Nation would love to have the man back on the roster (or “back home”, as we’ve been saying) and we want it bad. The 36-year-old CB may not be in his prime any longer, and may have become a tad injury-prone over the last couple of years, but he would be an immense presence in the locker room. I think the consensus of the fan base is that our minds are set on him mentoring young CBs the Raiders have brought/will bring in, showing them how it’s done and learning from the best.
The support from the NFL and an ex-player has meant a lot to the Nation as well:
I truly do hope that this effort put forth by the fan base works; I’m certainly ready to dust off my #24 Woodson Raiders home jersey and I can’t wait to see a lot of fans wearing theirs at this even tomorrow morning and afternoon. Hopefully Woodson feels compelled and loved enough to make the Raiders his top priority once again.