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Woodson hired by ESPN as NFL analyst

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Charles Woodson has a new role in pro football: NFL analyst for ESPN.

ESPN announced Thursday that the recently retired defensive back has been hired to work as an analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown.

The 18-year veteran retired after a final season with the Oakland Raiders. The 39-year-old three-time All-Pro is expected to begin in new job in July.

Woodson started and ended his career with the Raiders. In between, he played for the Green Bay Packers, helping them win Super Bowl XLV. A cornerback and safety, Woodson is tied for fifth in the league in interceptions with 65.

Woodson also starred at Michigan and won the 1997 Heisman Trophy.

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