NAPA, Calif. – Shortly after checking in a day before the Oakland Raiders begin training camp, Charles Woodson packed his family into a white SUV for a quick afternoon drive.
It was a vastly different picture from 2004 when Woodson scoffed at the idea of showing up early for the preseason workouts.
Ten years ago, the veteran safety held out for 33 days in search of a new contract. It was the only time during his NFL career that Woodson held out, and although he didn't land the lucrative deal he had hoped for, Woodson did have one of his most productive seasons in Oakland.
A brash 27-year-old at the time, Woodson regularly joked afterward that he might not show up on time for camp again.
Woodson laughed at that recollection while holding his 3-year-old son in his arms before placing him in a car seat Wednesday.
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