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Rod Woodson shares stories about his time with the Steelers and his decision to leave

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The former Steeler and Hall of Fame cornerback sat down with Dan Patrick for a must watch interview about his life growing up and his years in the NFL.

2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

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.

The Hall of Fame cornerback reveals how much he learned in Pittsburgh.

While also sharing tales that would have social media up in arms if they happened today.

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.