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The Ring is the Thing for Packers best player Woodson

November 1, 2009 by  
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From Tom Silverstein, Journal Sentinel
Nov. 1st, 2009

Green Bay — When the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the energy flowing through the seats and over the playing surface at Lambeau Field may be strong enough to travel clear into living rooms across the entire country.

Brett Favre is coming back to the place he once called home and everyone will be watching.

This is not news to cornerback Charles Woodson, arguably the defensive equivalent of Favre for the Packers and a guy who may be looking forward to this game more than any player on either team.

Betrayal? Animosity? Revenge? 

Charles Woodson has one thing on his mind, winning a championship. If all the other Packers performed like he did, they would have won at least one already.

Charles Woodson has one thing on his mind, winning a championship. If all the other Packers performed like he did, they would have won at least one already.

No, those reasons ring hollow for Woodson, a teammate of Favre’s for two seasons, including one in which they made it all the way to the NFC Championship. This game is important because Favre is the next quarterback standing in the way of Woodson’s mission to win a Super Bowl.

There is no other motivation for the 33-year-old, five-time Pro Bowl cornerback than to beat the Vikings (6-1), the team that currently stands between the Packers (4-2) and first place in the NFC North division. Maybe five or six years ago, Woodson might have felt differently about a grudge match of this magnitude, but when you can count the opportunities you have left on one of your hands, your focus is a little different.

“When it comes down to football we’re all here for one reason,” Woodson said. “It ain’t about Brett. It ain’t about the Vikings. It’s about playing football and getting to the ultimate goal. I don’t want to put a ceiling on how many (more years) I play, but who knows? This is 12.

“When I’m done playing, I want to be able to say I was a champion at this level.”
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