Posted Friday, July 19, 2013 --- 8:56 p.m.
From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:
GREEN BAY - Charles Woodson may not wear green and gold anymore, at least on game days, but that didn’t stop him from returning to Green Bay to host the 3 rd annual Charles Woodson Foundation golf outing at Thornberry Creek at Oneida golf course.
Woodson addressed the media following the day’s events. Woodson addressed why he chose to hold the event despite no longer playing for the Packers. “Well it means a great deal because even though I'm not wearing a green and gold uniform, I still have great support from the people in the community. The fans come out and support me in this golf tournament which is great. We've been able to give more than $60,000 to charity. So to come back here and see some of the people that aren't so happy that I'm leaving, but they still come back to support me so it's good to be back.”
Training camp begins for the Packers on Friday the 26 th and Woodson said it’s strange being in town this close to training camp knowing he’s now a member of the Raiders.
“It's weird because last year I was here a week before camp, and stayed here the last couple of days before camp started. I was working towards trying to win games of course,” Woodson said. He continued to say, “this year you know I'm with the Oakland Raiders again, so the next couple days I'll go home and relax with the family and get ready to go out to training camp in Napa Valley, and not here at St. Norbert.”
Inevitably Woodson was asked how he felt being released. “Well I mean, I got fired. You know what I mean, have you been fired before? You know it's tough. When you get fired and you know Ted (Thompson) and Russ (Ball) and whomever makes the decisions say that you're not good enough to walk the halls of Lambeau again, that's hard.”
Woodson, not one to let anything keep him down long, went on to say, “Life goes on and you gotta deal with it. As far as the relationship, the relationship is still great because I still have a lot of friends within the organization. The way I feel is that the 7 years I was here I gave everything I had. When you leave everything on the field, you can feel good about leaving wherever you have to leave, so there's no hard feelings.”
Woodson did say he enjoyed the time he spent in Green Bay. “I had a great run here, great ride. The fans were great, the organization was great. So I'll always appreciate that. But again, time to move on.”
Woodson isn’t ready to retire just yet but he is willing to contemplate the team he’ll be identified with when he eventually earns enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“It's not going to be tough. My last team most likely will be the Oakland Raiders, so that's where I'll retire. It won't be a tough decision at all. You know a couple yeas ago I signed an extension with Green Bay, and I figured that this would be the last team I'd play for, and I looked forward to that. But it didn't happen. So now I'm in Oakland and that's where I'll retire,” Woodson said.