Former Green Bay Packers star Charles Woodson once had fighting words for Barack Obama.
Don’t forget that Obama is a devout Chicago Bears fan. Before they laughed and smiled in front of the cameras, Woodson and Obama feuded over football and fandom.
Charles Woodson had a legendary NFL playing career
For nearly two decades, Charles Woodson excelled as one of the NFL’s top ball-hawking defensive backs.
In 18 NFL seasons, Woodson — the fourth overall pick in the loaded 1998 draft — snagged 65 interceptions and returned 11 of them for touchdowns.
A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Woodson earned first-team All-Pro honors in four seasons and won the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award after the 2009 campaign. New York Jets fans remain furious that Woodson won that award over Darrelle Revis, but that is another conversation for another day.
Woodson played seven of his 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Those seven years were sandwiched between two stints with the then-Oakland Raiders.
Woodson and Barack Obama feuded over the Packers-Bears rivalry
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Charles Woodson had an entertaining feud during the 2010-11 NFL season.
Woodson was still with the Green Bay Packers at the time. Obama, a Chicago Bears fan, was in the second year of his first term as president.
Obama told CNN in January 2011 that if the Chicago Bears appeared in Super Bowl 45, he would attend the game. Instead, Woodson’s Packers defeated the Bears in the NFC championship game, guaranteeing them a Super Bowl matchup with Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Huffington Post transcribed part of Woodson’s postgame speech, where he referenced Obama’s comments.
“The president don’t want to come watch us at the Super Bowl, guess what? We’re going to see him.”
Green Bay defeated the Steelers, 31-25, at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Charles Woodson and Barack Obama made nice in August 2011
Barack Obama didn’t let his fandom get the best of him in 2011.
Obama hosted Charles Woodson and the Green Bay Packers in August 2011. Woodson posed for photos with the president as they celebrated the Packers’ championship.
The White House transcribed Obama’s comments from that day, including a moment where the president praised Woodson.
“Now, look, I admit Woodson is a pretty good ballplayer. And for those who don’t know, I gave Charles a little bulletin board material, apparently, last year. … And I’ve now learned something that every NFL quarterback already knows too well — don’t mess with Charles Woodson.”
Opposing quarterbacks should have listened to Obama. Woodson intercepted seven passes and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2011, his penultimate season with the Packers.