Heisman winner Charles Woodson to give UM commencement speech
The University of Michigan announced Monday morning that Charles Woodson, Heisman Trophy-winning cornerback for UM's national championship team in 1997, will be the keynote speaker at the university's spring commencement ceremony on April 28.
UM's commencement will take place at Michigan Stadium, where Woodson had many of the moments that contributed to a hall of fame career as a Wolverine.
Woodson was the first and remains the only primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, and along with Tom Harmon in 1940 and Desmond Howard in 1991 is one of three Wolverines to ever win the Heisman.
"Since 2008, the Charles Woodson Foundation has provided multiple scholarships to promising U-M students," UM's announcement says, "including the Charles C. Woodson Scholarship in the School of Kinesiology and the Georgia A. Woodson Scholarship Fund in the Office of Financial Aid in honor of his mother."
Woodson played 18 seasons in the NFL, starting with the Oakland Raiders, then the Green Bay Packers, where he earned FL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2009 and won a Super Bowl after the 2010 season, then finished his career in Oakland. After his retirement in 2015, he became an NFL analyst for ESPN. He is a member of the 2018 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.