Charles Woodson to retired after 18th season

Posted at 9:21 PM, Dec 21, 2015

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson is retiring after 18 seasons.

Woodson announced Monday that he will end his career after the final two games of this season. Woodson says he realized late last month that he couldn't play another season and wanted to announce his decision before playing his final home game Thursday night against San Diego.

Woodson is one of the top defensive backs to play the game. He is tied for fifth in NFL history with 65 interceptions and is still playing at a high level at age 39. He has five interceptions and three fumble recoveries this season, ranking second in the NFL with eight takeaways.