Yes he is.
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Yes he is.
Troy Polamalu needs to be here somewhere. The guy basically changed defense from his position. Similar to LT and Ed Reed. He's an extra linebacker and cornerback all the while playing safety.
But he is the greatest college defensive back of all time. Maybe even defensive player. He has the hardware to prove it. (And I doubt anyone had much tougher competition to win the Heisman either).
I say Ronnie Lott is the best followed up Charles but Revis may make a strong case when his career is over barring any injury of course.
Also, Rod Woodson played both safety and corner at HOF levels. That's insane, they're such different positions.
A point in Deion's favor: when Jimmy Johnson got him in Dallas he stuck him in a zone first defense. That's like giving Rembrandt finger paints.
Also, I'm not sure what position Everson Walls played at the end of his career in Cleveland, but at the end of his time in Dallas he was playing at safety, not corner. And for more than just a season.
Prime is the greatest cover corner ever no doubt. Chuck is close maybe top 5. I consider Lott and R. Woodson safeties. That is for Rod after Barry busted his knee.
Charles Woodson will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, period. He may not be the best ever, but he is in the conversation. Primetime was overrated, great cover skills and return skills, but run support was laughable, not even remotely good. My favorite moment was watching Marvin Harrison making Prime time look like 09-10 JT Floyd against Penn State.
Woodson is definitely a top 20 DB, but I don't know that he is even the best in his generation. Teams had/have to gameplan around Prime Time, Ed Reed, and Polamalu. These players were/are feared by opposing Offensive Coordinators and QB's alike. I don't know if Woodson has had that impact from start to finish in his career.
One thing that I don't see mentioned is the inspiring leadership that Charles brings with his game. In both our '97 championship and GB's Superbowl, teammates regularly cited things Charles _said_ as inspiring the team to win.
Those sorts of things are difficult to put on a stat sheet but are invaluable in the locker room.