Packers: CB Woodson Interview

Jrlombardi presents qs and as with All-Pro CB Woodson.

Questions & Answers with CB Woodson: Q. Charles, you are one of only two Packer players that have had major roles in Super Bowls before.  What have you told your younger teammates about being in the Super Bowl and what it takes to get there? CHARLES WOODSON: Only thing I’ve told them is about the media, and I think they see that today in the locker room. You know, it turns up a notch. You’re one of four teams left, and all of the attention is going to be on you.  And so you know, you’ve got to deal with it the best you can.  There will be a lot of questions you have to answer.  But just concentrate on football because that’s what everybody is here for. Q.  The Bears, this rivalry, this game. CHARLES WOODSON: Not long.You know, when you come in here you know, you watch some of the commercials. I watched a commercial with Jerry Kramer and Mike Ditka, and they said when they came in, they understood from the fans that, hey, you’ve got to get ready to play the Bears. It was the same way for me. We played those guys, and you knew that week leading up to this game that people here in the organization, the fans around Green Bay and Wisconsin as a whole, they want to beat Chicago. And so you understand that very early on, what this game is about.Q.  What has Sam meant to the secondary?  He’s been pretty reliable all season for you. CHARLES WOODSON:  Man, he’s been great, man.  I think you have a young guy who came in who really had no fear, you know, came in with a ton of athletic ability.  But he didn’t have any fear.  You know, he took the challenge of being an undrafted player and having an opportunity to come in and play for this team.  And he took coaching well.  I think probably the biggest thing for him has been his coach Joe Whitt. He’s taking coaching.  He’s a young guy that takes notes.  You don’t see a lot of young guys that come in take notes.  You can see him, he’s in watching film and those sort of things.  He’s done himself well in that department. Q.  Going back to the rivalry, you talked about what it’s like for people in the building and the fans.  What is it like for players, though? CHARLES WOODSON: You know, during the week, no.  But once you get into the game, yeah.  It’s all there.  It’s rivalry, you know, it’s all those things, all of those emotions. You kind of take on the emotions of your community.  You know how much they want to beat Chicago. Yeah, during this point in time of the week, it’s about preparation, you know, and getting your looks, watching film, and understanding what you have to do that particular Sunday. But once the game rolls around, it’s all there, you know, so you get yourself ready.Q. (No microphone.) CHARLES WOODSON:  It was just good defense, good all around defense.  You know, our thing is to take care of vertical routes, not allow people to get over the top of us, try to eliminate those big plays, and we weren’t going to do that.  We got some good pressure up front with our guys, limited the time that Jay had back there to throw the ball and then made some plays downfield. It’s always about designing to try to stop their players from having big days.Q. (No microphone.) CHARLES WOODSON: Yeah, he’s one of those one of the big play tight ends that you have in the league. He’s a guy that has, like you said, size, he has speed, and he also blocks well for them.  So he’s a guy that can split him out at times or he can run routes for you and get himself upfield, make plays downfield with his speed and catching the ball.  He’s a threat.  You know, he’s one of those guys. Q. I just wonder if you could kind of characterize how your time has been here professionally, personally, and what it would mean to bring a championship here. CHARLES WOODSON:  It’s been good.  It’s been a good four and a half, five years now.  This is a tremendous place. You know, it’s been a great place for me to be, a great place for me to have a family. Personally, I’ve married since I’ve been here, two kids, so that’s been the biggest blessing in my life is that aspect of it. Football wise, I’ve enjoyed some great years here as a player. I’ve played very well here, played with some great guys, great coaches, and you know, I’ve had a lot of fun. I look forward to this game and hopefully the Super Bowl and playing a few more years here. You know, I never imagined that it would feel this good playing in Green Bay, but it has.  You know, I’m very fortunate and very blessed to be here.


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