Green Bay, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran defensive back Charles Woodson defended former Green Bay Packers teammate Aaron Rodgers, from criticism, calling the quarterback a great leader, especially during their run to the Super Bowl in 2010.
“Don’t get me started on the Super Bowl run,” said Woodson, who played with Rodgers from 2006 to 2012 before he was released in the offseason. “I mean, how brilliant was that guy during that run? There was no question about his leadership then.”
Woodson made the comment after former Packers receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver criticized Rodgers’ leadership skills in separate interviews.
Jennings, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, did so in an interview last month with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Driver, the Packers’ all-time leading receiver who retired in the offseason, echoed Jennings’ sentiments on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show.
“We’ve been in games and won ballgames solely on the arm of Aaron Rodgers and the legs of Aaron Rodgers and what he’s been able to do throwing a ball to a Greg, a Donald, a Jermichael Finley,” said Woodson, who recently signed with the Oakland Raiders.
“A couple years ago, we were 15-1, and if we have any other quarterback other than Aaron Rodgers, we’re 7-9. Aaron’s job is a tough job,” he added.
Woodson also said that the burden of keeping everyone happy on the field lies on Rodgers’ shoulders, which is an overwhelming responsibility.
Woodson also addressed Driver’s complaints that Rodgers didn’t take the blame when there was a miscommunication and a receiver ran the wrong route.
“I think whatever you do — if you run the wrong route and you’re a receiver, or if you’re a quarterback and you throw an interception — it’s up to you as an individual to say you messed up,” Woodson said.