As if Charles Woodson needed more motivation when the Packers head to New York to face the Jets on Halloween this season.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan gave Woodson all the motivation he needed when he went out of his way to mock the Green Bay Packers defense when Woodson was voted as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year ahead of the Jets' Darrelle Revis who finished second on the ballot.
“I would like to congratulate the people that voted for Darrelle Revis," said Ryan last season. "These guys obviously really know the game. You've got to look at all the numbers, not just a number about this, or this stat or that stat. A number I think is interesting would be eight. And no, that's not the amount of touchdown passes Green Bay gave up against Arizona. That is the number of touchdown passes we gave up all season. And the biggest reason for that is Darrelle Revis."
Meanwhile, Woodson has been forbidden from promoting or endorsing his own wine label, TwentyFour, in any way, shape or form upon request from the NFL league's offices according to Wine Spectator. The irony is, as both Wine Spectator and the Atlantic's Joshua Green point out, that NFL games–both on TV and in person–are inundated with advertisements and sponsorships from beer.
Woodson is scheduled to attend a wine tasting event for his own label at an event held in Troy, Mich. tomorrow evening. It's up for speculation whether such an appearance is in violation of the league's mandate that he not promote his product.
As for the Packers' upcoming game against the Jets this season, Woodson wouldn't admit to any extra motivation provided by Rex Ryan in an interview in the forthcoming Maple Street Press Packers Annual. Whether the new wine debate adds any fuel to the fire is up for debate as well.
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