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Charles Woodson Defends Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers and his leadership ability are a quickly becoming a popular talking point. It started last year with casual remarks from Shannon Sharpe and some twitter comments and ballooned this off season when both Greg Jennings and Donald Driver have commented on his leadership style.

One former Packer, Charles Woodson, took to Rodgers's defense today when he spoke with ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde.

“I don’t understand where it’s all coming from... 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."

Woodson also commented on how crucial Rodgers is to the Packers success.

"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. A couple years ago, we were 15- 1, and if we have any other quarterback other than Aaron Rodgers, we’re 7-9."

Woodson added this thought about his time playing for the Packers.

For me, my time in Green Bay was nothing less than exceptional.

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steven's picture

Thank you woodson, I can't agree more on the 15-1 season being do to Rodgers

JakeK's picture

History repeating itself ??
Aaron Rodgers needs to put in a call to Tom Brady and ask alot of questions... My fear is that AR=BF2.0.

Drealyn Williams's picture

stop it

vincent's picture

Wood, you're the best. I am sorry to see you go. Donald and Greg, grow up.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Brav. O. Wood, you da man.

Lucky953's picture

Yes he is. Woodson was my first Packers jersey since Nitschke. (Course I was in Ann Arbor when he won the Heisman)

Mojo's picture

I think both Rodgers and Woodson made conscious efforts to be leaders for their respective units. I believe they actually conversed to each other about what it takes to lead. So it's not surprising Woodson understands better than most Rodgers commitment to that role.

hayward4president's picture

Donald didn't say anything bad...I watched it yesterday

pooch's picture

You kidding me that's the best Drive can do,re listen again you missed it

pooch's picture

Woody you rock,cant wait until you comeback to Lambeau and we retire your number,fuck Jennings and his sour grapes,and Drive why you starting this shit all over

UP-Packer's picture

AR probably controls what he says & doesn't say as well any player. At the same time, DD or even Jennings really haven't dissed AR all that much. What either has said is pretty tame stuff. ---- Most of this is media created. The media likes to embellish & exaggerate pretty much everything.

BeddarCheddar's picture

I'm glad to see Wood step up, he may just be my favorite Packer of all for who he was on and off the field. I find myself agreeing with many on this site. On the whole, AR appears to put a great deal of thought and effort into being a strong leader...and overall he seems to be doing a great job. But he's human and has some flaws...and you can hear some of them come out on Wilde's podcast with him. For instance, he's had a really hard time taking much responsibility for the sack issue, when we all know he holds the ball at times. That must irritate the O-line and running backs. And he has a hard time controlling himself when guys like JJ run the wrong route or Starks misses an assignment. JJ and Starks seem alright with getting chewed out because they accept that they messed up, but it looks like it rubs others the wrong way. AR could probably round out his very strong leadership abilities by taking those conversations out of the public eye and being better at publicly accepting responsibility for things people get upset about -- like his role in the high sack numbers.

primetime's picture

I've never said anything nice about a Raider until today. The those other guys wouldnt have a ring without Woody and #12.Nicely done Woody.

The TKstinator's picture

Woodson: classy.
Flemings: diva

Nononsense's picture

I appreciate Wood for coming out and defending Rodgers, hes not the type of guy that would say something like this to curry favor he just speaks the truth. He was and will always be one of my favorite Packers. Great guy, great player.

I have no ill will towards Driver or Jennings for saying what they said. I like brutal honesty and if that's how they felt than that sucks. Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor but if you have something to say, say it and own it.

Jamie's picture

"...if you have something to say, say it and *own it*."

Unlike Jennings and Driver...

JJB's picture

I love how DD said Jennings will always be a Packer. Sorry no he won't. He burned that bridge.

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