Charles Woodson Speaks
by Mike Conklin
April 11, 2013
Charles Woodson doesn't have a team yet, but that didn't stop him from doing an interview earlier today with SiriusXM NFL Radio's Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon. Woodson was asked about a variety of subjects, many of which may be of interest to Packers fans. Some highlights:
SiriusXM: First and foremost, how are you feeling? And what's on the horizon? Are you going to play this season?
"I feel great. I was taking X-rays on the shoulder and it shows that the shoulder has healed. I feel great physically. I'm just waiting on an opportunity. I'm planning on playing next season for a team. Before the shoulder injury, I don't think there was any question about my playing ability. Then all of a sudden I get hurt, and I can't play anymore. So that's kind of the issue I'm going through right now. I talked with my agent this morning, and the talk is that I can't cover anymore. That's kind of the same thing I heard after the 2011 season, in which I had seven interceptions. So I don't know what the criteria is for covering anymore, even though I haven't spent a lot of time this last season covering. But that seems to be the knock (on me), so we'll see what happens."
Is price right now an issue for you? Do you just want to play, or does the money have to be right as well?
"I mean, the money has to be right as well. I haven't been offered anything, or been able to negotiate anything, so at this point we're just waiting on somebody to be serious about bringing me in and maybe trying to make an offer. But all of the things have to be right."
What do you have left to accomplish? You've been to so many Pro Bowls, Defensive Player of the Year, you've won a Super Bowl. What else is left for Charles Woodson?
"I'd like to win another one. I won a Super Bowl with the Packers, and that was great. It's what we all play for. But not many people have won multiple championships. I still know that I can play the game...I know that...but I want to win. I want to continue to play in the National Football League. I want an opportunity to play for a team and try to win another championship. That's really what it's all about for me."
With that being said, if the best offer came from a team that you thought was in a rebuilding stage, would you consider playing for a team that you don't think has that chance to play for a Super Bowl?
"I guess that has to be determined, because the way I'm looking at it is I don't have a long time to play. So to play for a team that's trying to rebuild, that goes against everything I've said as far as playing for a championship. So I guess I would say no, I don't want to just be in a rebuilding stage. I want to be with a team that's really on the cusp, to where the thinking is they have a shot at (winning a championship)."
How many more years do you personally think you have left in you? If it were left up to you, how much longer do you want to play?
"I know the way I feel right now I've got two good years in me, for sure. So how long will I play...another year, two years, or whatever? I'm not sure of that. But I know what I have left, so we'll see how it goes. Time will tell."
After winning the Super Bowl three years ago, were the last two years in Green Bay disappointing, based on expectations?
"Expectations were definitely high. I think the 15-1 season, we weren't a complete team. We won games in large part by having a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers. We won a lot of games and pulled out a lot of close games, but defensively we gave up a lot of points. And all of those problems that we had throughout the season showed up in the playoff game against the Giants, and we (went) home in the first round of the playoffs. This last year, expectations were high as well. We kind of ran into a similar situation as the Super Bowl year, had a lot of injuries and a lot of guys down, but still felt like we had a strong team. Then we go in there against San Francisco and we just weren't really prepared for that game and for what San Francisco was able to do to us."
You've played against the best quarterbacks in the business. Is Aaron Rodgers the best quarterback in the game right now?
"Yeah, he's about as good as you're going to get. There are great quarterbacks out there of course...Manning and Brees and Brady. But A-Rod has a little bit of everything...the accuracy, the arm strength, the mobility. He's as smart as any quarterback out there and takes great command of the huddle. So he has everything you (need), tangible and intangible out there on the football field. He's one of the great ones out there, and a friend as well."
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