Charles Woodson is set to head into retirement following the 2015 NFL season and the Oakland Raiders will miss him in a big way. He has been answering a lot of questions since announcing his retirement plans and recently was asked who the toughest wide receiver that he has ever faced was. The answer will surprise many NFL fans.
According to Woodson, former Indianapolis Colts star wide receiver Marvin Harrison is the toughest receiver he has ever faced. It is an intriguing name, although not terribly surprising.
“Marvin Harrison was the best receiver I played against, especially being a young player and just learning the game at this level,” Woodson wrote. “Marvin had everything: He was bigger than you would think from watching him on film, and he was fast and quick and ran great routes. They were going to line him on the defense’s left side every time, but he was tough to deal with even when you knew where he was going to be. I never was one of those guys who was going to lose sleep thinking about a matchup, but I did understand that it was going to be one of those days when I was playing him. Really, he was the only guy that I thought of like that.”
Harrison was an absolute stud for the Colts throughout his career and was Peyton Manning’s favorite target. That duo was nearly unstoppable and going up against it was a nightmare for opposing defensive backs.
Throughout his 13 seasons in the NFL, Harrison put up big all-around numbers. He caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards, 128 touchdowns and racked up a 13.2 yards per reception average. Harrison combined speed to go along with an exceptional pair of hands and a route-running ability that not many receivers possess.
Picking Harrison over the wide receivers that he has faced is interesting to say the least. He has gone up against many star wide receivers throughout his career. Harrison sticking out above all of them certainly wouldn’t be the first bet that many NFL fans would have.
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