BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Charles Woodson has a new role in pro football: NFL analyst for ESPN.
The recently retired defensive back has been hired to work on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. The 18-year veteran retired after a final season with the Oakland Raiders. The 39-year-old three-time All-Pro is expected to begin in new job in July.
Woodson started and ended his career with the Raiders. In between, he played for the Green Bay Packers, helping them win the Super Bowl five years ago. A cornerback and safety, Woodson is tied for fifth in the league in interceptions with 65.
Woodson also starred at Michigan and won the 1997 Heisman Trophy.
''Charles is one of the most accomplished players of his era and he is held in such high regard by players, coaches and fans for the way he played the game and led his teams,'' ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman said Thursday in a statement.
Woodson also will appear on other ESPN studio shows.
''I look forward to carrying on their strong tradition and gaining the respect of those who came before me and those who will follow me,'' Woodson said. ''I'm extremely honored and can't wait to get started.''
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL