Memo to offenses: The NFL’s Defensive MVP from last year is in better shape heading into the 2010 season.
Packers cornerback Charles Woodson has never been known to be out of shape but still, he kicked it up a notch this offseason. Woodson teamed up with Green Bay safety Nick Collins to take a boxing class.
The result? At age 33, Woodson says he’s in the best shape of his career.
Woodson has abdominal muscles visible through his workout shirt. His shoulders and upper body are much stronger. He looks like a cruiserweight before a fight.
That’s not on accident.
Woodson said he joined safety Nick Collins in a boxing class near their off-season homes in Orlando. Woodson can definitely feel the difference.
“It’s some of the toughest work I’ve done,” he said. “Just an hour a day and you’d be dying. Not sparring though. I can’t take the hits.”
The work should help Woodson absorb some of the hits he takes during the season. Woodson said the painful right shoulder injury he played with much of last season is now in the past.
“It built my shoulders up,” Woodson said. “The shoulder work those boxers do is tremendous. So it actually had me looking kind of big up top.”
Despite what Rex Ryan and the New York media says, Woodson deserved to win Defensive MVP and he looks primed for another big season. Opposing quarterbacks, you’ve been warned.