Pittsburgh Steelers Legendary CB Rod Woodson Signs Up to Return as a Head Coach Two Decades After Retirement

Published 06/10/2022, 6:13 PM EDT

The upcoming 2023 XFL season will have two iconic players as head coaches who made a name for themselves as Pittsburgh Steelers. The franchise’s all-time leading wide receiver Hines Ward will be joining a Hall of Famer in legendary cornerback Rod Woodson. Both Ward and Woodson were two of the most dominant players of their eras. They left their legacies in the franchise’s history.

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In a recent appearance on ESPN’s Get Up by XFL owners Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, both Steelers icons were among the names who will be XFL head coaches. The legendary Steelers CB is widely known by fans for being one of the very best in his position and later the best safety of his time. Woodson maintained a high standard of play till his late 30s, and his performances were essential for the Steelers.

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While he didn’t win a Super Bowl title with the franchise, Woodson won it with the Baltimore Ravens. He was the star of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens defensive unit. It gave away the fewest points in a 16-game season in NFL history. A defensive juggernaut, Woodson had a long and illustrious career in the league and retired following the 2003 NFL season.

Rod Woodson takes over a position of fresh challenges

According to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson, he will take over the coaching duties for the Las Vegas XFL team. He will bring a lot of experience from his long NFL career. Woodson will hope to prove himself as a top coach in the upcoming season. After retiring from the NFL, he spent some time as a coaching intern and assistant, working on his coaching abilities.

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In 2017, he was part of the NFL franchise Las Vegas Raiders as their defensive backs coach. But coaching changed following the 2017 season, ending his tenure with the team.

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As part of the XFL head coaches, Woodson would look to make this opportunity count in his fresh start. The Steelers will cherish this iconic player and his accomplishments for years as they look toward the future in 2022.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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