Oakland Raiders fans have had a lot on their plate in recent weeks, missing the playoffs for yet another year and the retirement of Pro Bowl safety Charles Woodson. Not to mention the future of the team's location being up in the air, now they've been dealt another blow with the announcement that DE Justin Tuck will be not returning for the 2016 season.
If there's any consolation Raiders fans got another chance to see future Hall of Fame safety Charles Woodson suit up and play one last time Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii at the 35th annual NFL Pro Bowl.
Woodson, 39, announced during the end of last season that this would be his last retiring after 18 seasons of defending and picking off unsuspected receivers. Drafted by Oakland in 1998, Woodson would later sign with Green Bay (2006-2012) where he spent six seasons winning a SuperBowl before being released and resigning with Oakland.
Leaving the field with his two small sons on Sunday Woodson said it wasn't all the emotional for him to play in his 'official' final game, he got all of that out of the way during the regular season.
"The game will never leave you, I'll never leave the game, I can't," he said. "I gave it too much, it gave me too much."
No doubt, he gave a lot to the league as well as his teammates during his career. Former teammate, cornerback TJ Carrie talks about what he learned from Woodson. (See video below)
In other Raiders news, DE Justin Tuck annouced his retirement Monday after 11 seasons in the NFL. Tuck was drafted by the NY Giants in 2005 where he played most of his career (2005-2013) winning two SuperBowls before joining the Raiders (2014-2015).
Placed on IR in mid-October he missed the majority of the season with a torn right pectoral muscle suffered in Week 5.
"Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field," said Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. "His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best."
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The NFL Scouting Combine is scheduled for February 23, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.