Updated: Mar 9
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Rod Woodson was on 93.7 The Fan today and he discussed a number of topics from JuJu Smith-Schuster dancing on opposing team's logos before games to Ben Roethlisberger coming back for an 18th season with the Steelers.
While it wasn't the most noteworthy topic from the interview, Woodson made an interesting remark when he said he had conversations with the Steelers this offseason about their open position for a secondary coach. The Steelers ended up hiring Grady Brown for the position. Brown previously was the defensive coordinator at McNeese State. Before arriving at McNeese, he spent 2019 at Old Dominion as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
Brown has also coached at LSU, Southern Mississippi, Birmingham Southern, Texas Southern, Alabama State and Alabama A&M.
"I respect the Rooney's, I respect Mike Tomlin, we did have some conversations, but I respect them for making their decision," Woodson said.
Woodson was drafted by the Steelers at 10th overall in the 1987 draft and played with Pittsburgh until 1996. He ended up signing with the 49ers in July of 1997 after he couldn't reach a deal with the Steelers and he would win a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000.
Despite not finishing his career with the Steelers and not winning a Super Bowl with the organization, Woodson is still one of the greatest Steelers players of all-time and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Woodson is right behind Mel Blount as the greatest cornerback in franchise history.
Woodson also has coached in the NFL before, so it's kind of surprising that the Steelers didn't hire him, since Mike Tomlin likes his position coaches to have playing experience at the pro level.
Woodson began his coaching career in the NFL as a coaching intern with the Bengals in 2010 through the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program. Woodson also had two separate stints coaching with the Raiders. He was the Raiders' cornerbacks coach in 2011 and then took three years off from coaching until returning as a coaching intern with the Broncos in 2014 through the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.
Woodson returned to the Raiders as an assistant defensive backs coach in 2015, a position that he held through the 2016 season before being named the team's cornerbacks coach in 2017. Woodson was fired by the Raiders following the 2017 season and has been out of coaching since.