Darren Woodson

Three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowl selection Darren Woodson joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2005. He appears on NFL Live and SportsCenter, as well as other ESPN platforms throughout the year. Part of ESPN’s annual coverage at the Super Bowl and NFL Draft, Woodson also participated in NFL training camp specials featuring the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks (2014) and Dallas Cowboys (2015). Woodson earned his reputation as one of the hardest hitters and most ferocious strong safeties in the NFL during his 13 seasons (1992-2004), all with the Dallas Cowboys. The quarterback of the team’s defense during its three championship runs in the 1990s (Super Bowl’s XXVII, XXVIII and XXX), Woodson registered career totals of 11 sacks, 23 interceptions and 1,350 tackles, still the most in Cowboys franchise history (more than a decade since his retirement in 2004). A native of Phoenix, Woodson was a second-round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft (37th overall) from Arizona State University, where he was a converted linebacker. He earned a bachelor of science from ASU in Justice Studies. Woodson was inducted into the prestigious Cowboys Ring of Honor at AT&T Stadium in November 2015. He was also named to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. In addition to his ESPN analyst role, Woodson is active in a number of businesses back home in Dallas. He is executive vice president of ESRP commercial real estate solutions and founder/CEO of the software company Counter Find. Woodson also remains active in philanthropic endeavors, most notably as a board member for the North Texas chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

“As the show began, I immediately realized something about my new job: This isn’t easy.”

Darren Woodson shares his gratitude as he steps away from his role as an ESPN analyst.