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Sunday, February 6, 2011
Charles Woodson inspires the Packers

By Calvin Watkins


ARLINGTON, Texas -- At halftime, Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson tried to speak with his teammates, but couldn't.

He was in tears and fighting through the pain of a broken collarbone, suffered toward the end of the first half of the Packers Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Charlie Peprah, the Plano native, who is the starting strong safety for the Packers, said the locker room scene was emotional.

"Charles tried to address the team and he could get about five words out," Peprah said. "He was choked up. He was disappointed but also he knew that we could finish it off and he let us know how bad he wanted it. He was like, 'You know how bad I want this guys.' And that's all he could really say. And he got choked up and he couldn't say anymore. And we went out there and tried to get the win for him."

Woodson, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the game, walked into the Packers locker room holding the Super Bowl trophy in one hand while his left arm was in a sling.

"I think I let everything out when I found out I couldn't play at halftime," Woodson said. "I'm a little dried up right now. But it's everything I wanted it to be. It's been a long, tough season for us. We fought through a lot and we won in the biggest moment of our lives, so it feels good."