James Jones & Charles Woodson return home, Wilson and Ross too
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Remember the reception (boos) Greg Jennings got last year when he returned to Lambeau Field?
The boos were loud, their intent unmistakable, and Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings heard them though the former Packer insisted he was unbothered by the cold shoulder fans gave him Sunday at Lambeau Field.
“I really wasn’t looking for any kind of reception,” Jennings said after the teams played to a 26-26 tie.
Better yet, remember the reception Brett Favre got when he made his first, and second, visit back to Lambeau Field as an opponent? There’s a big difference between the Vikings and, well, anybody else. Even the Bears.
^ That reception for Rodgers, at the end of that clip, gives me chills.
There will be the opposite reception tonight when Charles Woodson comes back. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the Packers, Woodson was paramount to the Packers winning Super Bowl XLV.
Woodson was the big free agent addition from Ted Thompson and the Packers got his best years of his career.
He was let go a year ago in a youth-movement by Thompson, and I believe it’s been proven to have been a mistake. The guys he chose to keep instead were both proven to be failures and were disposed of.
MD Jennings in the off-season and Jerron McMillian during the season last year. And now the Packers used a first round pick in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to fill that massive hole they had.
In any event, Woodson was almost like Reggie White for the Packers defense. Very similar, from the back end though and not the front lines.
Not to be forgotten is James Jones. I have always felt that he, like AJ Hawk on defense, has been extremely under-appreciated and unheralded by Packer fans. Jones was ripped on by fans early, and down the stretch in 2010 as he had some big drops in big games and big moments.
But he solved that and became a very reliable playmaker. His touchdown catches in the playoff games during the Super Bowl run were fantastic, especially in Atlanta when the game was still close.
And he was durable.
But most of all, he was a great person and a great teammate. He’s a man you’re proud to root for, and if you get to know personally, a man you’re proud to know. And one of those guys who makes you a better person just being around him. He’s kind of what we thought Greg Jennings was, until his greed and selfishness, and ego reared it’s ugly head.
I love Davante Adams and Jeff Janis. But I wanted to keep James for sure.
I know there will be a huge roar and reception for Woodson. I just ask all fans to remember all the great catches and blocks that James Jones gave the Packers from 2007-2013, and give him a huge round of applause tonight.
Packer fans were just announced as being the best fans in the NFL, which comes as no surprise to most. Please show why tonight when Jones is announced.