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Woodson still has Tuck Rule nightmares

12/16/2010

After nearly nine years, Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson can't expunge the tuck rule from his brain.

He still has nightmares about the time he played for the Oakland Raiders and jarred the ball away from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, only to have the apparent fumble ruled an incomplete pass in snowy Gillette Stadium.

"Well, first, yeah, [Brady] did steal my ring," Woodson said on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm still waiting around to get mine."

On Sunday, Woodson and the Packers will return to the scene of the, er, ruling (NFL Rule 3, Section 21, Article 2, Note 2) to play Brady and the Patriots.

The forecast calls for snow showers.

Boston Herald reporter Ian R. Rapoport asked Woodson if the infamous "Tuck Rule Game" will be on his mind if the snow falls in Foxborough, Mass.

"I've had that flashback more times than I would like," Woodson said. "I'll catch that game on [ESPN] Classic or some football channel sometimes. Just that's a bad memory for me. But it is what it is.

"This week, we're just going to concentrate on trying to get this win, whether it snows or not."