Packers Woodson Aging Like Wine, Deserved Higher Spot Among Big 10 Icons

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Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson is making his second trip to the Super Bowl. As he makes his next trip to the NFL title game to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45, his play is aging like a fine wine.

And it’s fitting because Woodson is an oenophile who developed his interest in wine while playing for Oakland, near the world famous Napa Valley. He partnered with former Robert Mondavi winemaker Rick Ruiz to develop a signature wine label, “Twenty-four by Charles Woodson.” I’ll give you the whine to go with your cheese by saying Charles Woodson is number twenty on the Big Ten Icon’s top 50 student athletes. The list is based on their accomplishments during their collegiate years; there will be no consideration for his professional career, well maybe a little.

Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan for the Michigan Wolverines. In 1997, Woodson led the Wolverines to a national championship. He is the only player in the history of NCAA Division I-A football to win the Heisman Trophy as a primarily defensive player, edging out then University of Tennessee and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. The look of “are you kidding me” surprise on Peyton Manning’s face is one of the enduring images in the Heisman archives.

By West Lamy

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