As someone who only found the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1983 and missed out on the glory days of the 1970’s, there is little doubt in my mind who was the greatest player I ever saw wearing the Black and Gold live in my 35+ years following the team. Drafted with the 10th pick of the 1987 NFL Draft, Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson was not only the best defensive back of his era, but arguably one of the greatest cornerbacks of all-time.
His departure in 1997 as a free agent after being lowballed by Pittsburgh devastated me as fan and seeing him play in the uniforms of the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders was heartbreaking to watch.
Appearing as a guest on Undeniable with Dan Patrick on the A&T Audience Network last week, Woodson shared several stories about his life growing up and his time in the NFL. Revealing details of his time with the Steelers and the final phone call that caused him to turn his back on Pittsburgh, the interview is well worth a listen for all Pittsburgh fans.
Conflicts about money would bookend Woodson’s career with the Steelers, starting with a 94-day holdout over his rookie contract and ending with a dispute over an extension in 1997.
After 10 years with the Steelers, @RodWoodson26 made the decision to leave Pittsburgh because he felt the team took him for granted.— AUDIENCE Sports (@AudienceSports) February 2, 2019
He'll talk about that decision and more this Wed. on #UndeniableShow at 8PM on #AUDIENCEsports, available on @DIRECTV Ch. 239 & @DIRECTVNow pic.twitter.com/hHS9C5tLtS
The Hall of Fame cornerback reveals how much he learned in Pittsburgh.
From former #Steelers CB and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson's interview with Dan Patrick on Undeniable. Well worth watching the full 50 minutes version here ➡️https://t.co/ENk7a5ljYi⬅️ pic.twitter.com/YURGrKNnas— Simon Chester (@SimonAChester) February 12, 2019
While also sharing tales that would have social media up in arms if they happened today.
On last night’s #UndeniableShow, NFL legend @RodWoodson26 joined Dan Patrick for an intimate conversation covering his life and NFL career, including a dispute with coach John Fox. Watch the full episode now: https://t.co/yH91CxR8No pic.twitter.com/ICSgOwForW— AUDIENCE (@AudienceNetwork) February 8, 2019
Some might want to gloss over the parts about his years with the Baltimore Ravens, perhaps the most upsetting part of his career from a Steelers fan perspective and the only team he would earn a Super Bowl ring with.
The full interview is 50 minutes long and can be found here.