But his presence was bigger than just his on-field accomplishments. Without even counting all that Charles Woodson has done and all the people he has touched within the communities where he has lived and worked, let’s just look at what he was able to do for his teammates.
During the 2010 Super Bowl XLV run, Woodson was larger than life among the team. His post-game speeches inspired that team to greatness. When he was injured midway through the Super Bowl, he stood with tears in his eyes to give a halftime speech that moved his teammates on to the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl win. His “One Mind, One Goal, One Purpose, and One Heart” rallying cry lifted the Super Bowl team to great things and has cemented Woodson’s words not only in Packers lore, but also onto the team’s Super Bowl XLV ring.
Now that Sir Charles is gone from Green Bay, the team must move on with new leadership and a new outlook. Who will be that leader? Aaron Rodgers? Clay Matthews? B.J. Raji? Who will inspire their teammates to great things?
That remains to be seen. The days will turn to months and it will be a new season. Charles Woodson will be with a new team, the Packers will have a new identity.
We await the new rallying cry.