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Charles Woodson will end career where it began, in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson will finish an NFL career that will eventually land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday in the same building where it all began in 1998.

Woodson’s first NFL game was on Sept. 6, 1998 against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, a 28-8 Raiders loss. Woodson has announced that Sunday’s game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead will be his last.

"I think the craziest thing is just watching this year and seeing how well he’s playing," Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. "It’s crazy (to have) that kind of longevity at a physical position, (to) play as long as he has and play at that level for so long is so rare, very, very rare. So yeah, watching it, there’s for sure a big respect from anybody watching that and playing against him for what he’s done in his career. Yeah, just doesn’t happen often.

"I certainly don’t think there’s anyone that’s had the longevity, that’s moved around, that’s played outside at corner, inside at nickel and back at safety and has just played at a Pro Bowl level everywhere you put him. He’s just a football player. Yeah, special."

To put into perspective how long the Chiefs have been playing against Woodson, their starting quarterback during his Sunday night NFL debut in 1998 was Elvis Grbac. Twelve different quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Chiefs since.

Their head coach in 1998 was Marty Schottenheimer, who was in his final season in Kansas City. The Chiefs have had six head coaches since.

The Chiefs have played 19 games against Woodson, 17 when he was with the Raiders and two during his mid-career detour with the Green Bay Packers. He is 7-12 against the Chiefs with six interceptions with two touchdowns.

"I’m glad he’s picking a different profession," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He’s a heck of a player. He still can play. I mean, he’s said that. There’s just a point you get to where it’s time. He feels that. More power to him for being able to do that.

"Going out as a Pro Bowl-caliber player and he’s done it at (cornerback and safety) and probably could have done it at wide receiver if he chose to do that. This guy’s a phenomenal athlete, good person, good leader, good for the National Football League."