The Pro Bowl was Charles Woodson’s final NFL game and that caused him to do some reflecting.
At least as much as you can when someone jams a mic in your face and asks you to sum up 18 years of your life.
“It’s hard to sum it up into any words because this is what I’ve been doing all my life,” Woodson said after the game. “It’s still going to be a big part of me. I’ve been playing this game in the NFL 18 years. I’ve been playing altogether, who knows, 30 years? I’ve been playing since I was 7, 8 years old. The game will never leave you, I’ll never leave the game. I can’t. I gave it too much, it gave me too much. I’d say it’s not truly the ending because it can’t be, but this was my last game.”
What that means is open to interpretation, but Woodson made it clear he won’t be coming out of retirement next season.
We suspect he’ll find another role in football. Whether that be as a coach, analyst or in some personnel role, we’ll just have to see.
Whatever it is, we’re sad to see one of our all-time favorite players hang up his cleats.
It was, however, probably time to go and Woodson, unlike so many of his colleagues, went out like a man and on his own terms.
But what would you expect?
This is, after all, Charles Motherfuckin’ Woodson we’re talking about.
They’re only making one of those guys.
For those that fee that TT did Woodson wrong AND for those that think what TT did was fine… the Packers should offer Woodson a job in coaching the DB’s if they think he has the skills to teach. We already know he has the skills to motivate.
It’s fair to say Woodson was the defensive leader we’ve been missing the last few years. It’s his kind of leadership that can carry a team over the hump. And perhaps prevent a defensive meltdown in a championship game!!
They need to reanimate Sergio Leone so he can make a final Western about this dude, starring Clint Eastwood in black face.
I think he is a natural teacher and I would love to see him coaching DBs for the Packers, as well.
Please Ted, PLEASE bring CW in as a coach!
Sir Charles will be missed. He was as good or better than most of the Packer’s secondary since he was let go and should have finished his career in green & gold.
If I was him I wouldn’t want to coach here.look how they did him. I would think he was an announcer type anyway.
Packers should had kept Woodson, he is an upgrade over Morgan Burnett. Woodson would had been a better strong safety from 2013-2015. But TT released woodson for…MD Jennings.
In hindsight maybe it was a mistake to let him go when we did, although I’ve often maintained that Charles got a little too big in GB and may have been tuning out the coaches at the end of his time in GB.
He wasn’t assignment sure moving to safety, he wasn’t making plays and his leadership to the younger players suddenly started to turn negative.
Not that I know of course, but I always thought Brett and Woodson’s departures were kinda similar.
That said. I love Wood. Total beast. He can coach anywhere he wants I’m sure, but he’d be a great analyst too.
One of my all time favorite Packer players. Excellent athlete, motivator, great person outside of the game regarding charities and working with the less fortunate. Charles Woodson is a class act. Wish he would have been playing with the Packers up until now, things may have turned out differently for all concerned in the Packer playoff games. We will never know . . .