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Jackson on ring fitting: We knew we won before played the game

Brandon Jackson

After a Super Bowl win, players usually say that the enormity of the moment hasn’t set in yet.  In four years of going to the game, I’ve found that to be true immediately after the game.

Many players are excited.  Many act like it’s another game.  But it’s clear most haven’t really understood how their lives just changed.

Packers running back Brandon Jackson was an exception to this rule Sunday night.  He was the most passionate player I saw in the Packers locker room, eyes wide, voice filled with intense emotion at every word.  More than once, he paused to collect himself before preaching words that seemed to come from deep in his core.

Jackson said Charles Woodson’s emotional halftime talk to the team had a big impact on him.

“He told us how much he wanted at halftime,” Jackson shouted.   “You saw the tears in his eyes and the fight in everyone else’s eyes.  We fought together and won together!”

Jackson also gave a window into why Mike McCarthy chose to fit his players for their rings before the game. He said it gave him confidence.

“It was a great feeling when you know you won before you even played the game. You continue to dream about this, night after night, day after day,” Jackson said before stopping mid-sentence and shaking his head.

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48 Responses to “Jackson on ring fitting: We knew we won before played the game”
  1. commoncents says: Feb 7, 2011 12:32 PM

    Well thanks for keeping the rest of the world in suspense until the last minute of the game!!

  2. dfeltz says: Feb 7, 2011 12:34 PM

    If they knew they already won before the game started, why did Woodson need to give them a “halftime speech” for motivation or whatever any other media label you want to insert?

  3. angrycorgi says: Feb 7, 2011 12:35 PM

    “We knew we won before played the game”

    …but when Woodson went down, our “knowledge” de-evolved back into “hope”…

    Let’s keep it real…

  4. angrycorgi says: Feb 7, 2011 12:37 PM

    In Bradshaw’s interview with Worthlessburger, I liked that he said “it’s important that I have a relationship with you…”, but I was hoping for him to end the sentence with “…but when I say ‘no’, I really mean ‘no’, you get me?”

  5. wte1 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:39 PM

    OT but……

    Thumbs up for great halftime show or thumbs down if crap

  6. hobartbaker says: Feb 7, 2011 12:39 PM

    A parade is planned for Jackson in his hometown. He will be riding in a carriage drawn horse.

  7. skoobyfl says: Feb 7, 2011 12:43 PM

    A touch presumptious but intriguing none the less.

  8. myasylum11 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:44 PM

    And thanks for dropping all those balls, just for added suspense. I’m glad you knew it, cuz the rest of us were getting a bit worried! :)

  9. bdickey33 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:46 PM

    It was exceptionally big for Jackson because he is not an NFL caliber RB and will be out of the league shortly.

  10. peopletrains says: Feb 7, 2011 12:46 PM

    Gotta be happy for Green Bay and all the players (Woodson, Driver, etc) and coaches (Darren Perry, Kevin Greene, Dom Capers, etc) that have been so close to winning it all before but always came up short.

  11. uhnoreally says: Feb 7, 2011 12:52 PM

    he should have told McCarthy that when the Steelers were down three and driving.

    His face showed what envisioning doom looks like.

    McCarthy knew he had a weak def secondary and knew what the Steelers QB was capable of. It didn’t come to pass, but his face showed what he was thinking.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:54 PM

    Wait a minute, aren’t the Jets the Super Bowl winners ? Didn’t Rex Ryan “know” they were going to win the game this year ?

  13. scoops1 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:54 PM

    I think GB should send an Honoary ring to…

    Matt Dodge…for punting to DeSean Jackson

    and give one to DeSean to brining it to the house

  14. PackersHome says: Feb 7, 2011 12:56 PM

    Brandon Jackson … sound kind of arrogant there buddy, easy. The Steelers aren’t and weren’t a roll over team. You win the game by playing, which the Packers did. WOOHOO!

    This ring talk is a bit much, you get a ring win or lose so it’s being overblown quite a bit.

  15. steelerswinagain says: Feb 7, 2011 12:59 PM

    and jackson did what exactly in that game? The steelers lost it as much as the packers won it.

  16. chrisbermansdoublechin says: Feb 7, 2011 1:06 PM

    it’s a nice, cute story, but as mentioned by readers on an earlier PFT article, IF the Packers lost, they would be getting NFC Championship rings … it’s a way for Jackson to get his name out there, after the game

  17. chrisbermansdoublechin says: Feb 7, 2011 1:12 PM

    didn’t know who Jackson was, until I read the article … so much for his contribution to winning the game

  18. sjoyner59 says: Feb 7, 2011 1:18 PM

    after winning the turnover battle 3-0 this was still a close game…turnovers kill you…

  19. philtration says: Feb 7, 2011 1:21 PM

    Wow.
    The Packers beat the Eagles by 5, the Bears by 7 and the Steelers by 6 while all three teams had their QB suffer a leg injury during the game yet they act like they rolled over teams in the postseason.

    It sounds like they are just as arrogant and obnoxious as their fans.
    If that is possible.

  20. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 7, 2011 1:29 PM

    There’s that 20-20 hindsight again.
    Way to go out on a limb Jackson.

  21. ferrousfan says: Feb 7, 2011 1:32 PM

    I think real followers of this team know Jackson’s value this year. He was exceptional in blitz pickup, and while he didn’t make anyone miss Grant as a ball carrier, he was steady, and didn’t fumble games away. In addition, he was a postive in the locker room and didn’t go in the tank when Starks took over.
    I’m happy for the guy.

  22. dexterismyhero says: Feb 7, 2011 1:36 PM

    @steelersdidn’twinagain says:
    Feb 7, 2011 12:59 PM
    and jackson did what exactly in that game? The steelers lost it as much as the packers won it.
    ———————————————–

    Whininglosingyinzeragain:

  23. waccoforflacco says: Feb 7, 2011 1:50 PM

    My Ravens are having their Super Bowl Rings fitted for next year’s Super Bowl Victory at this very moment.

    We all know Ben will go back to his old ways. All you teenage girls better watch out.

  24. katmanduu says: Feb 7, 2011 2:03 PM

    True stat: teams that win the turnover battle (fewer turnovers) are 33-3 in the Super Bowl.

    Enjoy your ring Jackson, seeing you did nothing to help your team’s cause.

  25. jarrman46 says: Feb 7, 2011 2:18 PM

    Brandon Jackson may not be a name everyone knows but he is one of those players that every championship team needs. He was miscast as a starting runningback and never will be but he is an outstanding 3rd down back and as anybody who has seen all Packer games this year Jackson has picked up many 1st downs to keep drives alive by being an safety valve for the quarterback. There are 53 players on a team and his job is 3rd down back and he is one of the best.

  26. stvang says: Feb 7, 2011 2:20 PM

    Suggesting that jacksons’ contributions is small is very ignorant. No one on that team is better at picking up the blitz and slipping into the flat.

    He not an everydown back. He a situational back and he is very good in his role. He was forced to carry the team in a role he just wasnt cut out for. I think he had a great season evenif his number don’t reflect that. It not all about yards block is also crutial.

  27. beepa11 says: Feb 7, 2011 2:26 PM

    “Wow.
    The Packers beat the Eagles by 5, the Bears by 7 and the Steelers by 6 while all three teams had their QB suffer a leg injury during the game yet they act like they rolled over teams in the postseason.

    It sounds like they are just as arrogant and obnoxious as their fans.
    If that is possible.”

    Opps, you forgot one more team, Atlanta, the #1 seed. That was a “close” game too. As far as injuries go, don’t even go there!

  28. philriverslovespenis says: Feb 7, 2011 2:41 PM

    scoops1 says:
    Feb 7, 2011 12:54 PM
    I think GB should send an Honoary ring to…

    Matt Dodge…for punting to DeSean Jackson

    and give one to DeSean to brining it to the house

    ————————————————–
    And why would they do that? Didn’t the Packers handle the Giants at the end of the season? So, what difference would it have made if they went NY for the 1st round, rather than Philly? Also, what does Honoary mean? How bout brining?

    @philtration: it’s quite ironic seeing someone from Philly talk trash about another team’s fans being arrogant/obnoxious. You prove my point by posting that garbage. I’ve not witnessed a fraction of arrogance or obnoxious posts compared to that of Philly fans. You don’t have to be a hater just because they knocked your overrated, defenseless, pathetic team out of the playoffs.

  29. bleedgreen says: Feb 7, 2011 2:43 PM

    Quick question. When Woodson cried in the locker room after suffering an injury in the game, and he couldn’t return, why did no one say he is soft? Isn’t this the basis for saying Cutler was soft? It was the Super Bowl, he got hurt, couldn’t come back, and cried in front of the team….

  30. fancyleague says: Feb 7, 2011 2:45 PM

    The fix was in.

  31. philriverslovespenis says: Feb 7, 2011 2:50 PM

    @bleedgreen

    Maybe cuz Woodson actually tried to go back in with a broken collar bone. When he realized he absolutely couldn’t, he was still right on the edge of the field cheering his team on, even if it meant more pain. Because he’s a leader, & Cutler is not.

  32. cletusvandam says: Feb 7, 2011 2:50 PM

    so the 3rd string rb who contributed 1 catch “knew” they were going to win…

  33. nickynick04 says: Feb 7, 2011 3:09 PM

    bleedgreen says:
    Feb 7, 2011 2:43 PM
    Quick question. When Woodson cried in the locker room after suffering an injury in the game, and he couldn’t return, why did no one say he is soft? Isn’t this the basis for saying Cutler was soft? It was the Super Bowl, he got hurt, couldn’t come back, and cried in front of the team….

    let me guess, either a Viking or an Eagle fan….the 2 biggest losers with ZERO Super Bowl wins …
    The Man broke his collar bone…..And you wonder why the Football gods do not allow the Eagles and Vikings to win a Super Bowl…Because of this exact crap that dribbles out of their mouths

  34. stellarperformance says: Feb 7, 2011 3:11 PM

    He’s just young and excited and talking without thinking.

  35. jarrman46 says: Feb 7, 2011 3:12 PM

    Its ok for Woodson to cry because his team won a SUPERBOWL. I think Woodson is held in higher regard around the NFL than Cutler.
    Perennial pro bowler
    DPOY
    Heisman trophy winner
    |Super Bowl champ

    |CRY if you want You earned it

  36. myasylum11 says: Feb 7, 2011 3:12 PM

    Driver and Woodson were both on the sideline talking to therookies, and trying to keep the team inspired. Culter just simply stood on the sideline and quit! Big difference!

  37. 8man says: Feb 7, 2011 3:15 PM

    Really? Because right up until that 4th down completion I had visions of Steelers, 32-31 in my head.

    In fact I was pretty damned surprised that the Steelers were 0-3 in the turnover differential and still had a chance to win with 2 minutes left in the game. Despite those three miscues, the Packers were one play away from going home losers.

    And as much as I wanted Pittsburgh to lose, I was terribly impressed with how they hung around. Damn them! Why won’t they go away?

  38. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Feb 7, 2011 3:17 PM

    cletusvandam says: Feb 7, 2011 2:50 PM

    so the 3rd string rb who contributed 1 catch “knew” they were going to win…
    ——–
    You mean the 3rd down back who contributed incredible pass blocking against the Steeler’s blitzes?

  39. minnesconsin says: Feb 7, 2011 3:23 PM

    have to echo the positive sentiment on Brandon Jackson. he was totally out of his element as a #1 back earlier this year, but once the team got him into the right position, he reminded me how valuable he is. For whatever reason, he’s incompetent taking handoffs, he dances in the backfield and can’t make up his mind and hit a hole. As a third down back catching balls outta the backfield, he’s totally in his element and he proved that with a valuable 14-yarder for a key first down in the super bowl last night.

    another comparable role player on this team is Jarret Bush. last year they were asking him to play a much bigger role and he was on the field in the nickel a lot. That’s just not where he fits. This year they were able to get sam shields on the field in that spot, and Bush ended up making key contributions on special teams all year long — then last night, he was forced into a bigger defensive role again and actually fared pretty well, made a nice play on the pic — but got absolutely worked by Hines on that TD in the corner of the endzone.

  40. mataug says: Feb 7, 2011 3:30 PM

    Brandon, it is no wonder that you did not tell us about this before the game

  41. scotchrocks says: Feb 7, 2011 3:58 PM

    When you win, you can say whatever you want to after the game. Why? Because you won! Let the man live, especially since it was his coach’s idea.

  42. philtration says: Feb 7, 2011 4:11 PM

    philriverslovespenis says: Feb 7, 2011 2:41 PM

    @philtration: it’s quite ironic seeing someone from Philly talk trash about another team’s fans being arrogant/obnoxious. You prove my point by posting that garbage. I’ve not witnessed a fraction of arrogance or obnoxious posts compared to that of Philly fans. You don’t have to be a hater just because they knocked your overrated, defenseless, pathetic team out of the playoffs.
    ======================================
    Your rant would have made a lot more sense if I were in fact (1.)_ From Philly and (2.) A Eagles fan.

  43. newreality1 says: Feb 7, 2011 4:13 PM

    Boy, I wish you could see the party going on in Green Bay . THANKYOU DEFENSE.

  44. omniscient48 says: Feb 7, 2011 4:15 PM

    Brandon, you are a running back with zero carries in the game — ZERO — and one catch — ONE — for 14 yards (and a first down which you celebrated excessively). You are a decent blocker. Overall, you are yet another overrated Cornhusker (the exception being Mr. Suh). I would advise that you let some of the higher caliber players make such absurd comments next time.

    What’s that? None of the higher caliber players made that comment? Maybe that is one reason why they are higher caliber players than you.

  45. goldsteel says: Feb 7, 2011 9:58 PM

    Well if that’s the case, I can predict before the next season begins that the Packers will not repeat. Actually, the odds are good that neither team will be in the Superbowl but if the Steelers are there they will be playing some other team.

    GO STEELERS!

  46. shadowgm1 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:14 PM

    I’ve not been as convinced as I am now about a player returning next season. It’s Starks and Jackson at RB next season. This guy is a leader-type player.

  47. beanocook says: Feb 8, 2011 11:26 AM

    Wow…there are a lot of stupid fans on here. One thing I have learned in the past year is Packer fans really are more knowledgeable than every other fan base in the NFL. ESP east coast football fans.

    College Football fans are the most knowledgeable. What is it about NFL fans that makes them so insufferable? They have such casual knowledge of the sport, the depth of analysis is embarrassing, and they dress like slobs.

  48. beanocook says: Feb 8, 2011 11:30 AM

    There are some bitter fans here trying to pretend the Packers didn’t win.

    The Packers won and never trailed. The Steelers are probably the 5th best team Green Bay beat this year.

    They are good, but their secondary is terrible. Their QB is good not great and their kicker is a joke.

    Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers are probably positioned for a run that Peyton Manning never had and only Brady and Montana could compare to.

    I’m not saying the Packers have a dynasty yet, but the writing is on the wall here.

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