Charles Woodson Exits ESPN, ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’

Former Oakland Raiders star spent the last three seasons with ESPN

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Charles Woodson is leaving ESPN after three years with the sports network.

Woodson broke the news on his Instagram account on Thursday, writing “Many thanks to @espn @espnnfl it was a good run!!”

“I’ll see you next season, somewhere. Stay tuned,” the nine-time NFL Pro Bowler said in an accompanying video, which you can see below.

Woodson was part of the network’s rejiggered “Sunday NFL Countdown” following the departure of longtime host Chris Berman and analyst Tom Jackson. For the past two seasons, the Sunday morning pregame show had been hosted by Sam Ponder, with Woodson, Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck and former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan as analysts.

ESPN declined to comment on the nature of Woodson’s departure, though the New York Post is reporting it could be the first in what would be another significant shakeup for the longrunning program.

Woodson signed with ESPN directly after his retirement from the NFL in 2015. During his playing career, he played mostly with the Oakland Raiders, with a few years with the Green Bay Packers (with whom he won Super Bowl XLV) sandwiched in between.