Inside the Green Bay locker room at halftime, Charles Woodson was too choked up to say more than a few words.
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and leader extraordinaire had a broken collarbone and would not finish Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"I couldn't do it," Woodson said. "I was just too emotional."
As if the sight of a speechless Woodson, 34, wrapped in a sling wasn't deflating enough for the second-youngest team in the NFL, across the locker room was wideout Donald Driver, the club's all-time leader in receptions and an offensive stalwart, hobbled and done for the night with a high ankle sprain.