Alameda, Calif. — S Charles Woodson was named the recipient of the Oakland Raiders Craig Long Award, the team announced Friday.
Chosen by a select group of local media and facilitated by the Oakland Raiders’ media relations department, the Craig Long Award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media at large.
Woodson, who announced last week that he will retire from the NFL at the conclusion of the 2015 season, has started all 15 games for the Raiders this season and leads the team with five interceptions. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October and his season totals also include 86 tackles (61 solo), nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.
Long, who passed away in 2007 at age 36, was a valuable member of the Oakland Raiders’ public relations staff from 1997-2004. An Iowa native, Long fulfilled his childhood dream of working in the front office for his favorite team.
Craig Long Award winners
2015 – S Charles Woodson
2014 – DL Antonio Smith
Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations
March 31, 2015 1:00PM
Photo by Shawn Jonas
Alameda, California –The Oakland Raiders announce have they released veteran defensive tackle Antonio Smith Tuesday afternoon.
The Raiders 33-year-old had 20 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in 16 games in 2014. Smith has missed just one game since the 2005 season.
The Raiders save $4 million against the salary cap without any dead money associated with the transaction. Smith was set to enter the latter half of a two-year $9 million contract with $4 million in guaranteed money paid last season.
The Raiders added free agent Dan Williams to the interior defensive line, already manned by second-year pro Justin Ellis. Both players are known as run stuffers on the inside.
Smith would have complimented Ellis and Williams at the three technique.
C.J. Wilson was re-signed last week, he has the ability to play all four positions on the defensive line. He played defensive end last year. Wilson is expected to mover around under new head coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Ken Norton.
The Raiders should add another player in this group possibly through the 2015 NFL draft. USC’s Leonard Williams would be a great addition, although he isn’t expected to still be there when the Raiders draft at the #4 .
Photo Credit By Shawn Jonas
Antonio Smith giving thanks and enjoys a moment after breaking the longest losing streak by a single player. 2013 Houston Texans 14 games, and 2014 Oakland Raiders 10 games for a total of 24 straight losses. NFL record.