Green Bay’s old man shows ’em how it’s done

Charles Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Michigan, may not have met his (or our) expectations in his early career with the Oakland Raiders, but he did depart the Bay Area as a four-time Pro Bowler and an AFC Champion in 2002. 

How he ended up as a free agent in the spring of 2006 with only one offer to play cornerback, from a team and in a city that he wanted nothing to do with at the time – the Green Bay Packers – was a key chapter in this story that is still being written.

Fortunately, meeting expectations is no longer a concern for Woodson or his fans.

Charles Woodson

Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN has a fantastic feature on Woodson today that reveals him to be not only a surefire Hall of Famer with his on-field renaissance during these last 4 seasons, but also a maturing philanthropist who has set up the highly active Charles Woodson Foundation and The Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund.

There is so much to learn from Chadiha’s piece and it goes along with a recent (and positive) trend of the media dedicating resources to focus on some of the majority of the good guys participating in professional sports.

But, if there was one quote that stood out for me, it was this from his teammate (and future Pro Bowler) Aaron Rodgers, who says about the thirty-three year old Woodson’s effect on his fellow Packers: “Charles has no idea how much these young guys look up to him.”

That’s the way it once was, and if old-school is on its way back through the efforts and influence of high achievers like Woodson, then there is most definitely reason to be optimistic about the future of professional sports.

And Packers fans should be thankful every day that Woodson couldn’t have been more wrong about what a perfect place Green Bay would be to elevate his game, both on and off the field.

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~ by acm213 on December 24, 2009.

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