Business Aside, Charles Woodson Will Be Missed
There was a rather significant development Packer-wise since we spoke last and that was the release of Charles Woodson. Given his age and salary, the move didn't come as a big surprise but it was significant in the sense that we're talking about a one-of-a-kind player the likes of which we may not see in a Green Bay uniform for a long time, if ever.
In all the years I've been around the team and the NFL, I've never seen a player with the big-time ball skills of Woodson, you know, catching-slash-intercepting it, then running with it after the catch-slash-interception, who also played with the off-the-charts violence that Charles did.
He would just launch himself, with total disregard for his own well-being, into ball carriers and blockers alike. The football phrase that comes to mind is reckless abandon. Woodson also had the unique ability to tackle and go for the strip simultaneously, while normal guys, they're usually challenged just getting one or the other done successfully.
If you like the rough stuff, you had to like Charles Woodson. I understand his release and all that "it's part of the business stuff", but it was a privilege to watch the guy play, and his style of play is going to put him in the hall of fame, and deservedly so.