Woodson Takes High Road On Favre

Brett Favre allegedly told Chicago's Julius Peppers to beat the Packers in the season finale, an outcome that would keep Green Bay out of the postseason.

If you believe Julius Peppers, Brett Favre simply can't let go of the past.

At the end of a story by ESPNChicago.com's Michael Wilbon, Peppers said he shook hands with Favre after Peppers and the Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North by knocking Favre out of the game with a concussion and blasting the Minnesota Vikings 40-14 on Monday.

"I talked to him after the game," Peppers said. "I told him it was an honor to play against him. He said, ‘Likewise. … Go beat the Packers in a couple of weeks.'"

Asked about Favre's apparently never-ending fascination and/or dislike for his former employers, star cornerback Charles Woodson took the high road.

"If we win, we're in," Woodson said on Wednesday. "It don't matter to us. I don't care who he's rooting for. It's about the people in this locker room. If we go out there and take care of business, then we can say some things."

Pressed on Favre, who was dealt from the Packers about 30 months ago, Woodson again spoke kindly of his former teammate, who impressed Woodson by starting on Monday even after being ruled out earlier in the week because of an injured throwing arm.

"It doesn't matter," Woodson said of Favre's wish for the Packers to miss the playoffs. "Whatever his feelings are toward us, that's his issue. I know what he was to the people here and to the organization when he was here, and that's what I know. I don't really know about what went on between him and whoever. What I know about him – I played with him for a couple years -- I know what kind of competitor he is and he was always a great guy in this locker room. I know there were things said about him in New York and all those different things but here, in my time with him, he was a great teammate. That's what I know about him. All of the other stuff really doesn't matter."

Favre, who suffered a concussion against the Bears, did not meet with reporters as he usually does on Wednesdays.

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