Return To Titletown: Woodson's 'High' Overcomes Adversity
Charles Woodson, Dom Capers. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - With the Vince Lombardi trophy earned by the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV in front of him, Packers safety Charles Woodson felt a high that moved far beyond the shoulder pain that kept him out of more than one half of the biggest game of his career.
"I'm never going to come down from this," said Charles Woodson who joined his teammtes in front of 50,000-plus fans at "Return To Titletown" at Lambeau Field.
"This is what you play for. This is something that nobody can ever take from us. I'm never coming down from this high."
"I thought we had a special team all season, just the way we continued to battle all the injuries we battled through. Going into the Giants game, knowing if we lost that game we were out...we did it. We did it."
The man who patrols the back of the defense with him, Nick Collins, talked about the totality of the team, and the need for that teamwork to become champions.
"We just play as one unit. There's no individuals on our team. We believe in each other to go out there and just play football for 60 minutes. We're champions right now," said Collins.
"Something I'm going to cherish for the rest of my life."
Like Collins, Clay Matthews created a turnover that became a game-changer for the Packers in their 31-25 win over the Steelers.
"I couldn't have done it without my teammates, the coaches, the fans. I attribute all the team's success to everybody that's been around the organization, and most importantly you, the fans," said Matthews.
He also addressed Woodson's impassioned speech during halftime in the Super Bowl after he found out he could not play in the biggest game of his life following a shoulder injury.
"It was just an emotional heartfelt speech from Charles. He really told us that he was proud of us. He told us to finish the way we know how to."
Their coordinator also talked, discussing how he felt about his players.
"I don't think there's any question. We've been blessed to have the best defensive players in the National Football League," said Dom Capers, who led the Carolina Panthers into the 1996 NFC Championship Game in Green Bay, a game his team lost.
"A lot of people don't' realize that I've been involved in the last two Packers Super Bowls. I figured if you can't beat them, you need to join them."