Green Bay Packers’ Charles Woodson is a natural leader

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Green Bay Packers’ Charles Woodson is a natural leader

“1-2-3…White House!”

This was the call that the Packers ended their meeting with after their NFC Championship Game win against the Chicago Bears. But why “White House”?

Green Bay Packers’ Charles Woodson felt that since the President of the United States didn’t want to go to the Super Bowl because the Bears weren’t going to it, the Packers would take the Super Bowl to the President.

Figuratively, of course.

After the Packers beat the Bears for the NFC Championship trophy and a trip to the Super Bowl, Woodson spoke to the team like the captain that he is.

In a video on the Packers’ official website, Woodson is shown calmly telling the team that they should be one, before raising his voice and going all out.

"And check this," Woodson said. "If the President don't want to come watch us in the Super Bowl, guess what? We'll go see him!"

Not everyone can talk smack about Barack Obama and get away with it. Woodson did. He was upset that he had supported Obama when it was election time and Obama wasn’t supporting him when it was his chance for glory. He sent him a signed Packers’ jersey that read “See you at the White House. Go Packers.”

"They're rubbing it in," Obama told reporters who traveled with him to witness the presentation.

"I jumped on his bandwagon a couple years ago and voted for him," Woodson said. "So for him to only go to the Super Bowl because Chicago's there, I thought it's not fair to me. I'm a voter, I'm a taxpayer. So I wanted him to root for the Packers as well."

Obama had said earlier that he would go to the Super Bowl if the Bears were in it. But even now that they were kicked out by the Packers, Obama isn’t holding a grudge against the Packs. But he’s not cheering for them either.

"In the spirit of sportsmanship, I wish you good luck in the Super Bowl," he said.

This is one of the many things that Woodson has done that has proved him as a worthy leader. He was voted the Defensive Player of the Year last year and has been credited by teammates Sam Shields and Tramon Williams with helping them improve their own game.

The Packers had voted for six captains to the team for their playoff run. Mason Crosby, Jarrett Bush, A.J. Hawk, Greg Jennings, Aaron Rodgers and, of course, Woodson are those selected six. The other five captains selected Woodson to be the official pepper-upper for the team.

"The other captains kind of nominated me without any voting process, they kind of pushed me out there to be the guy to do it," Woodson said. "And it was fine with me. I feel like I've played this game a long time, played it at a high level. I feel like the things I can say to the team are things that mean something to them, and I can give them something that maybe I've been through and just shed a little light on this process. So it just kind of happened that way."

Rodgers knew that Woodson was the man for the job.

"Anytime he speaks, I think he's starting to realize he has a lot of respect in the locker room and guys listen to him, they appreciate what he has to say," Rodgers said. "And he's pretty good at it, too."

Cullen Jenkins says that Woodson’s age demands respect, calling the 34 year old cornerback a “senior citizen.” But joking aside, Jenkins looks up to him because of his motivation to win and his own individual success. Woodson had gotten to the Super Bowl in 2003 while with the Oakland Raiders, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

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