Former Oakland Raider safety Charles Woodson knows how die-hard the team’s fan base is in the bay area, and for them to be picking up and leaving for the City of Sin has a pretty profound impact.
“Knowing that fan base as well as I do, this stings like no other,” Woodson said on the Rich Eisen Show Tuesday. “I understand that completely. These are diehard Raiders fans, they bleed Silver & Black, so for that team to pick up and move and now going to Vegas, man, the fans are devastated.”
“But the one thing I do know about Oakland fans is it doesn’t really matter where they are, in my opinion, I still feel like they’re gonna be diehard Raider fans because it’s in their blood, it’s in their DNA.,” he explained. “There’s gonna be a few instances where there’s gonna a people that say ‘ you know what, I can’t do it, I’m done’ but I think for most of the Raiders fans, they’re gonna follow that team wherever they go.”
Woodson is also worried about what kind of effect the city, with it’s vast differences with Oakland, will have on the players.
“You can’t get around the fact that Vegas is gonna have an impact on the players, young and old,” he said. “It’s gonna have an impact on people in the organization. That’s just how life is, but you’re gonna tell me no team can play in a place where there’s temptation or there’s gambling or there’s night life…”