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Woodson: National title and Super Bowl both unique accomplishments

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers cornerback Charles Woodson has achieved virtually every significant accomplishment in major football. He's won a national championship at Michigan and a Super Bowl in Green Bay. He's won a Heisman Trophy, was named NFL defensive rookie of the year and defensive player of the year. Woodson spoke with the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Thursday about putting the final touches on what is likely a Hall of Fame legacy. As nice as all the awards have been, team success validated the individual awards. Woodson compared winning a national title with the Super Bowl championship. "Theyíre unique because of where youíre at at that point in time," Woodson said. "At that point in time I was 20-21 years old. Youíre in college playing for a big time program with an opportunity to win a national championship amongst a lot of teams. Thatís where I was. That was the height of where Iíd been in college football. "Now you come here and youíre in the NFL and this is the height of it. Thereís nothing else after this. So, now itís this moment that I cherish the most." "So, each of them are the same in a respect that Ė at that moment in time, you have an opportunity to play for it all. Just so happens, at this level, thereís nothing after it. This is the highest. Thatís what makes this situation unique." Woodson said the only NFL accolade, outside of Super Bowls, he specifically aimed for was to make the Pro Bowl. "As a young player I probably shot for Pro Bowls. I think you shoot for those, thatís a respect thing for players and coaches and fans around the league. All the other things just kind of come with it. If youíre playing well enough to get the attention of everybody to make a Pro Bowl, all those other kind of things fall in line." "Then you just try to continue to get better. Thatís where the multiple Pro Bowls come. Thatís where defensive player of the year comes. Thatís where some of the stats come because you continue to play well. So, early on yeah, a Pro Bowl is probably the one thing I played for trying to get that. But at the end of the day itís still about winning games and trying to get that Super Bowl."    

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