The Case for the San Francisco 49ers To Move Nate Clements To Safety

March 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Once upon a time, the 49ers signed a high profile cornerback—no, not that one.

This cornerback had been named to seven Pro-Bowls, was a five-time First-team All-Pro selection, and was the 1993 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

The cornerback of course, was Rod Woodson.

But something seemed to happen to Woodson when he arrived in San Francisco, he wasn’t the player he once was in Pittsburgh…could it be that he had lost a step?

Two years earlier on opening day, Woodson suffered a severe knee surgery. He tore his knee apart when attempting to tackle the Detroit Lions’ elusive Barry Sanders.
The injury required re-constructive knee surgery and most experts were predicting anywhere from six to twelve months of recovery and rehabilitation.

Woodson shocked the NFL community when he returned in only four months and was able to play in Super Bowl XXX.

The following season Woodson returned to Pro-Bowl form ...

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