With two former wide receivers publicly criticizing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, many had to wonder what other players had to say about the signal caller. Enter Charles Woodson, the legend and former Packers defensive back who was released by the team earlier this year. Does Woodson agree with his former teammates about Rodgers’ leadership skills?
“I don’t understand where it’s all coming from,” Woodson said, according to ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I think A-Rod would consider these guys his friends, so for stuff like this to be coming out about him now that the guys are gone, it’s got to be hurtful to him because what are they talking about, to question his leadership ability, his leadership skills? The guy is one of the best players in the NFL, and I think he does a great job as far as leading them into battle.
“I’m not sure where the attacks – and believe me, they are not warranted, for sure – I don’t know where it’s coming from.”
Woodson is one of the most beloved players to ever grace the Packers franchise. I personally was devastated to see one of my favorite players get released at the beginning of the year because, like Woodson, I believed he would spend the rest of his playing days in Green Bay. What Woodson has done, to come out and defend Rodgers, has only given me more respect for a man that I did not think was even possible.
The veteran knows the reason why he has a Super Bowl ring and why the teams he played on in Green Bay had so much success. Make no mistake about it. Woodson was an inspirational leader who played a massive role in the Packers domination over the past several years. However, it is Rodgers who led them to glory time and again.
“I would say this: There’s been times throughout my career there when defensively we put a piss-poor product on the field, and we’ve been in games and won ballgames solely on the arm of Aaron Rodgers and the legs of Aaron Rodgers and what he’s been able to do throwing a ball to a Greg, a Donald, a Jermichael,” Woodson told ESPNMilwaukee.com. “A couple years ago, we were 15-1, and if we have any other quarterback other than Aaron Rodgers, we’re 7-9.
“…What do you want the guy do to? He’s done everything he possibly can to keep everyone happy when guys want the ball for themselves. The way he’s been able to do it is incredible. Don’t get me started on the Super Bowl run. I mean, how brilliant was that guy during that run? There was no question about his leadership then.”
Rodgers is a class act and he would say he learned a lot of that from how Woodson carries himself. It is certainly sad to see Woodson playing for a different team. However, there will be a time in the near future where he will come back to Green Bay and retire as a Packer. Not to mention, going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Packers.