Woodson’s character makes him ‘Hall of Fame person’

CANTON, Ohio — I only have been at NFL Network for about six weeks and haven’t yet had the opportunity to work with Rod Woodson, but I feel like I already know him from the way everyone speaks about him.

There is something — many things in fact — we can learn from the stories of each of these Hall of Famers today, but hearing about the kind of person and family man that Woodson is particularly has made an impact on me.

Woodson’s longtime friend and business partner, Tracy Foster, is giving a speech right now, talking about a time there was a 15-minute wait at a restaurant, and when the owner of the place realized it was Woodson, he tried to usher him to a table right away.

As Foster recalled it, Woodson said, “We’ll wait these other people were ahead of us.” Added Foster: “That’s who Rod Woodson is.”

It’s those moments, away from the camera and the spotlight, that tell the most about someone, that reveal who we really are. Staying humble, caring for others and reaching out make one “a Hall of Fame person,” as Foster put it, and means more than any touchdown or interception ever could.

— Jason La Canfora

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