Jets Wine Has Notes of Currants, Cherries and Faintest Soupçon of Irony

Wine Spectator writes that while the Jets are busy labeling their new wine, the league just two years ago quashed any opportunities for players to do the very same thing.

Interestingly, NFL players are forbidden to endorse alcoholic beverages, as Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson learned in 2008 after announcing the creation of his own Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon called TwentyFour. Apparently, what’s bad for the goose can sometimes be good for the gander.

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… Woodson actually knows his wine. When he played for the Oakland Raiders, whose training camp is based in Napa Valley, Woodson toured Robert Mondavi Winery and was instantly hooked on the business … [t]he 2005 TwentyFour by Charles Woodson Napa Valley Stags Leap District Cabernet will be released this November, and just over 200 cases were made. Unfortunately, Woodson is unavailable for comment—by contract. Although the project started long before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took office, one of Goodell’s new league rules is that NFL players are forbidden to endorse alcoholic beverages. After Woodson gave his first interview at the wine’s release party in his home state of Michigan, the league offices informed his representatives that he was not permitted to promote the wine in any way …

Well, that seems totally fair …