It's been two years since LaMarr Woodley offered this answer when asked if quarterback Joe Flacco could lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl. "No, not at all, because they have to go through one team -- that's the Pittsburgh Steelers in that AFC Championship," the Steelers linebacker said at the time. "So in order for them to get to the Super Bowl, they have to beat us, and we're not gonna let that happen once we get that close. So that's not gonna happen in this lifetime." Well, it happened. And not only did the Ravens win a championship, the Steelers didn't even make the playoffs. Oh, and Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP and parlayed that into a six-year, $120.6-million contract. Woodley, meanwhile, has been plagued by injuries and managed just four sacks last season. He was also called "awful" by an anonymous teammate, who blamed Woodley's lack of production on being out of shape. So, with the perspective of the last 24 months, does Woodley wish he had never said anything? "I don't take it back at all," Woodley told ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley. "As a player on any team, you're never going to say your rival is going to win the Super Bowl. That's knocking you out of the tournament that year. Somebody on their team pretty sure would say that as well. That's the nature of what it is. A lot of people don't understand. They're going to take it the way they want to take it." And that's the thing: What was Woodley supposed to say when the question was originally put to him? "Yes, I'm quite confident that Joe Flacco will win multiple Super Bowls much to the dismay of Steeler Nation!" To his credit, prior to Super Bowl XLVII, Woodley told a Florida radio station that he was pulling for Ray Lewis to get another ring before he retired. "The year we beat Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game, I saw Ray Lewis out in Tampa [before the Super Bowl]," Woodley said. "He was telling me to go out there and win the game. That speaks a lot coming from a rival. But, early in the season, you just can't never say your rival is going to win the Super Bowl."
LaMarr Woodley: No regrets saying Joe Flacco wouldn't win Super Bowl
CBS Sports | Jun 14