As we wind down the 150th anniversary celebration of college football several all-time lists are coming out, and this includes the all-time All-America Team. ESPN named their list today of the best of the best at every position, and we have a Boilermaker on that list. Rod Woodson was named to their All-Time All-America Second Team today:
CB Rod Woodson, Purdue (1983-86)Tackles: 445 | Interceptions: 11 | Kickoff return yards: 1.535
You could search long and hard for something Woodson couldn’t do as a Boilermaker. He set 13 individual records while playing corner, returning kicks and taking reps at running back and wide receiver. He was named All-American in 1986. Oh, yeah, the 6-0, 195-pound Woodson also set an NCAA record in the 60-meter hurdles and won five Big Ten track championships. The only thing Woodson didn’t do on the football field? The Boilermakers went 16-26-1 in his four seasons. Which, if you think about it, makes Woodson’s star shine even brighter.
Of course Woodson would earn this honor. He still hold several NFL records and might have been the greatest overall athlete Purdue has ever seen. The man could have been an Olympian in Track & Field in 1984, but chose to have a Hall of Fame record breaking NFL career instead. He also was a decent basketball player because he was from Indiana and a pure athlete.
Congratulations to Rod, who just keeps adding to his legacy.