With 21 days left until the start of the NFL season, our countdown to the big day continues.
Thursday, Sept. 4, is the day when the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle to take on the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.
Over the course of the next 21 days we focus on the number that represents the days remaining … and for today we take a look number 21.
Most recently, we took a look at number 22 – Lavvie Dilweg - one of those players who helped the Packers to championships in the 1930s.
Today we move on to #21, worn so well by none other than Charles Woodson.
If there’s any free agent move by Ted Thompson – and we all know there have been few over the years – the best to date was bringing Charles Woodson to Green Bay from Oakland in 2006. For seven years with the Packers, he not only revived his own career, but helped lead the Packers to a Super Bowl XLV win. He was the spark plug in the Packers defensive backfield who was not only a leader in word, but in action.
In 100 games with Green Bay, he posted 38 interceptions, nine of which he returned to the house for touchdowns. In all, he had 568 yards returning those interceptions. He was also named Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 when he had nine interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. He was also named to four straight Pro Bowls from 2008-11.
Woodson is described on Wikipedia:
On April 26, 2006, Woodson and the Green Bay Packers reached a 7-year contract agreement that could be worth as much as $52.7 million with bonuses and incentives. He earned $10.5 million in the first year of the deal and $18 million over the first three years. Woodson has stated that at the time of the contract he “did not want to come to Green Bay” due to a perception that the city is less than cosmopolitan, but was forced to do so because the Packers were the only team to offer him a contract. The cornerback has since lauded the Packers organization, Mike McCarthy, and the people of the State of Wisconsin for having faith in him, and has declared that “it was truly a blessing coming to Green Bay.”
Like many athletes who have had the chance to come to Green Bay to restart their careers, Woodson was successful in part because of the nature of the Packers franchise. So many times we’ve seen players succeed in the Packers organization because of the lack of distractions in the northeast Wisconsin town.
Woodson also had the opportunity to play on a defense and a team built for success. Surely Woodson was and continues to be a great player as he winds down his playing days back in Oakland.
The following are Woodson’s career statistics to date:
Here is a list of all Packers players who have worn #21 over the past 50 years: