Packers' Woodson owns up to punch

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 PM ET

Charles Woodson is by no means to be commended for punching an opponent in the stomach.

But we did appreciate him owning up to his transgression. It really is a novelty in today's NFL.

Punching and fighting are frowned upon by the league and rightly so. In a game as physical as football, once you allow fisticuffs, you are opening the door to all-out brawls.

The veteran Packers cornerback was caught both by the referee and the cameras in Thursday's win over New Orleans landing an impressive upper cut to David Thomas' mid-section.

Woodson actually got off lightly with a 15-yard penalty. Normally, a punch like that gets a player tossed from the game.

Asked about it afterwards, Woodson didn't try to justify it (although he did explain his reaction). He just owned up to it.

"I lost my cool," Woodson said. "The guy was blocking me and holding me and I'm trying to get off him. I just lost my cool. That's all on me."

Woodson fully expects the league to come down on him with a fine this week.

In the past the penalty has been in the $25,000 US range and he's fine with that.

We just wish more of his NFL brethren took the same kind of responsibility when they cross the line.


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