‘1-2-3, White House!’ Woodson finds voice for Pack

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GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP) - For a guy relatively new at giving locker room speeches, Charles Woodson certainly knows how to bring down the house.

Immediately after the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears in Sunday’s NFC championship game, Woodson went to the middle of the locker room to address the team.

He had been thinking about President Barack Obama’s promise to attend the Super Bowl if his favorite team, the Bears, were playing in it. And after the Packers beat the Bears to earn a trip to the Super Bowl instead, Woodson used the President’s pledge to fire up his teammates.

In a video clip posted on the Packers‘ website, Woodson is shown in the middle of the locker room. He begins by talking calmly about the team sticking together as one _ and then he cuts loose.

“And check this,” Woodson said, his voice rising. “If the President don’t want to come watch us in the Super Bowl, guess what? We’ll go see him!”

Amid the shouts from his teammates, Woodson led a cheer: “1-2-3 … White House!”

Woodson even found a good-natured way to talk some smack to the President himself this week, autographing a jersey for Obama with the message, “See you at the White House. Go Packers.”

It’s the natural next step in Woodson’s evolution as a leader.

He was The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year last season. And several teammates, including cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Sam Shields, have credited him with helping them get better.

But he hadn’t been particularly vocal in his leadership until now.

After rotating captains during the regular season, the Packers took a player vote to elect six captains for the playoffs. Woodson was selected, along with Aaron Rodgers, wide receiver Greg Jennings, linebacker A.J. Hawk, special teams standout Jarrett Bush and kicker Mason Crosby.

The other five captains then decided that Woodson should be in charge of talking to the team.

“The other captains kind of nominated me without any voting process, they kind of pushed me out there to be the guy to do it,” Woodson said. “And it was fine with me. I feel like I’ve played this game a long time, played it at a high level. I feel like the things I can say to the team are things that mean something to them, and I can give them something that maybe I’ve been through and just shed a little light on this process. So it just kind of happened that way.”

Rodgers knew he was the right choice.

“Anytime he speaks, I think he’s starting to realize he has a lot of respect in the locker room and guys listen to him, they appreciate what he has to say,” Rodgers said. “And he’s pretty good at it, too.”

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