It isn’t the first time I’ve heard it, but it bears mentioning because of the context it comes in – Charles Woodson did not want to play for the Green Bay Packers.
That shouldn’t come as much of surprise. I don’t really want to spend any time in Green Bay either, unless it’s for a Packers’ game.
Anyway, if more teams had shown an interest in Woodson when he was a free agent in 2006, the Packers likely would be without the soon-to-be NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
“George (Koonce) kept telling me I could really fit into a place like this,” Woodson said during a recent interview. “And all I kept thinking was that I was not coming to Green Bay. That wasn’t going to happen.”
Fortunately, Tampa Bay was the only other team to call Woodson, and the Buccaneers wanted to move him to safety, so Woodson begrudgingly signed with the Packers.
The signing has turned out as one of general manager Ted Thompson’s best moves, and Woodson has learned to like life in Green Bay in addition to becoming a dominant force on the Packers’ defense.
ESPN’s Jeff Chadiha wrote an awesome profile of Woodson, yesterday, looking at his journey to Green Bay, his improving play and his maturation as a person.