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Top 10 Players in 2009: #3 CB Charles Woodson

One of the biggest things I have ever gotten wrong was the free agent signing of CB Charles Woodson. When he was signed in April 2006, I wrote that "he could help the team out next season, but there is a lot of risk that this will be a bust."

Instead, he's been one of the best players on the team in each of the last three seasons. And he was named team MVP for 2008:

Woodson authored a banner year in 2008, tying for the NFC lead with seven interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and matching a career high with 79 tackles. He also led the team with 20 passes defensed and paced the secondary with a career-high three sacks. He earned his fifth career Pro Bowl recognition and also was named second-team All Pro by the Associated Press and All-NFC by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association. His accomplishments were even more impressive considering he played most of the season with a fractured toe suffered in the season opener.

At age 32, and entering his 12 season, there is always a concern that time will finally overtake him. Injuries and/or age will finally slow him down. But he's shown no signs of decline over the past three seasons, so there is no reason to hold him out of the running for another team MVP award in 2009.