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Wesley Woodyard
MLB #59
Height:
6-0
Weight:
233
Age:
28
College:
Kentucky
Hometown:
LaGrange, Ga.
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
49
SCK
1.0
FF
0
INT
2

Biography

 
PRO: The Titans signed Wesley Woodyard during the 2014 unrestricted free agency period, adding veteran leadership to the linebacking corps.  Following his career at the University of Kentucky, the 6-foot, 233-pounder went undrafted and signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.  Woodyard spent six seasons in Denver and appeared 87 career regular season games, totaling 396 tackles, eight sacks, five interceptions, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.  He was also a five-time team captain during his tenure with the Broncos.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  
•     Represented the only player in the NFL in 2012 — and just the 12th player in the last 30 years — to record at least 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions in a single season.  Posted career highs in starts (14), tackles (114), sacks (5.5), interceptions (3), passes defensed (6) and fumble recoveries (1).
•    In 2011, started seven games for the Broncos and finished second on the club with 87 tackles to go along with two passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
•    In 2008, was the only Bronco to rank among the top eight on the team in both defensive tackles (54 - 8th) and special-teams stops (11 - T1st) while seeing time in all 16 games with six starts as a rookie.

TITANS TIDBITS:
•    Woodyard joined Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little as the only players in Broncos franchise history to serve as a captain in each of their first five years with the club.  In 2004, Woodyard also became the first-ever Kentucky freshman to serve as a team captain.
•    Woodyard is the co-founder of The 16Ways Foundation which recognizes an emotional need for at-risk youth. The Foundation works on a national level to develop and implement workshops, seminars, camps, and other activities. These events are designed to build self-esteem, promote responsibility for one’s own actions and overcoming obstacles, and demonstrate the importance of academics, knowledge of career options, professional development, community involvement, and mental and physical fitness among youth of all socio-economic backgrounds. The Foundation’s primary focus is to work with at-risk youth between the ages of 8 and 18 and a secondary focus on adults in employment transition.
•    Woodyard was a three-time nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year while with the Broncos in 2010-11 and 2013.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The LaGrange, Ga., native was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent on April 28, 2008.
•    Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2014.

COLLEGE:
•    Married to Veronica and the couple has a son, Greyson.
•    Earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors during each of his final two seasons at the University of Kentucky, where he played 47 career games with 42 starts and led the Wildcats in tackles during each of his last three years.
•    Concluded his collegiate career ranked eighth in Wildcats history with 395 tackles (259 solo) while adding 6.5 sacks (48 yds.), two interceptions, 12 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
•    As a senior, led the SEC in tackles per game (10.6) and tied for 14th in the nation with 139 total stops.
•    Posted 122 tackles as a junior that represented the second-highest total in the SEC and ranked 14th in the nation.
•    Garnered honorable mention All-SEC accolades as a sophomore with 100 tackles (75 solo).
•    Began his collegiate career as a strong safety before switching to linebacker midway through his freshman season.  Earned freshman all-conference honors and became the first-ever Kentucky freshman to serve as a team captain.
•    Earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Kentucky.

PERSONAL:  
•    Was named the Georgia Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after posting 125 tackles as a senior at LaGrange (Ga.) High School.  Helped his team post a 51-3 combined record during his prep career and win two state championships.
•    Named the Broncos’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2010-11 and earned the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award from the Denver chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America in 2012.
•    Born Wesley Woodyard, Jr. on July 21, 1986, in LaGrange, Ga.
 
PRO: The Titans signed Wesley Woodyard during the 2014 unrestricted free agency period, adding veteran leadership to the linebacking corps.  Following his career at the University of Kentucky, the 6-foot, 233-pounder went undrafted and signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.  Woodyard spent six seasons in Denver and appeared 87 career regular season games, totaling 396 tackles, eight sacks, five interceptions, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.  He was also a five-time team captain during his tenure with the Broncos.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  
•     Represented the only player in the NFL in 2012 — and just the 12th player in the last 30 years — to record at least 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions in a single season.  Posted career highs in starts (14), tackles (114), sacks (5.5), interceptions (3), passes defensed (6) and fumble recoveries (1).
•    In 2011, started seven games for the Broncos and finished second on the club with 87 tackles to go along with two passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
•    In 2008, was the only Bronco to rank among the top eight on the team in both defensive tackles (54 - 8th) and special-teams stops (11 - T1st) while seeing time in all 16 games with six starts as a rookie.

TITANS TIDBITS:
•    Woodyard joined Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little as the only players in Broncos franchise history to serve as a captain in each of their first five years with the club.  In 2004, Woodyard also became the first-ever Kentucky freshman to serve as a team captain.
•    Woodyard is the co-founder of The 16Ways Foundation which recognizes an emotional need for at-risk youth. The Foundation works on a national level to develop and implement workshops, seminars, camps, and other activities. These events are designed to build self-esteem, promote responsibility for one’s own actions and overcoming obstacles, and demonstrate the importance of academics, knowledge of career options, professional development, community involvement, and mental and physical fitness among youth of all socio-economic backgrounds. The Foundation’s primary focus is to work with at-risk youth between the ages of 8 and 18 and a secondary focus on adults in employment transition.
•    Woodyard was a three-time nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year while with the Broncos in 2010-11 and 2013.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The LaGrange, Ga., native was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent on April 28, 2008.
•    Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2014.

COLLEGE:
•    Married to Veronica and the couple has a son, Greyson.
•    Earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors during each of his final two seasons at the University of Kentucky, where he played 47 career games with 42 starts and led the Wildcats in tackles during each of his last three years.
•    Concluded his collegiate career ranked eighth in Wildcats history with 395 tackles (259 solo) while adding 6.5 sacks (48 yds.), two interceptions, 12 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
•    As a senior, led the SEC in tackles per game (10.6) and tied for 14th in the nation with 139 total stops.
•    Posted 122 tackles as a junior that represented the second-highest total in the SEC and ranked 14th in the nation.
•    Garnered honorable mention All-SEC accolades as a sophomore with 100 tackles (75 solo).
•    Began his collegiate career as a strong safety before switching to linebacker midway through his freshman season.  Earned freshman all-conference honors and became the first-ever Kentucky freshman to serve as a team captain.
•    Earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Kentucky.

PERSONAL:  
•    Was named the Georgia Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after posting 125 tackles as a senior at LaGrange (Ga.) High School.  Helped his team post a 51-3 combined record during his prep career and win two state championships.
•    Named the Broncos’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2010-11 and earned the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award from the Denver chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America in 2012.
•    Born Wesley Woodyard, Jr. on July 21, 1986, in LaGrange, Ga.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 483 331 152 9.0 0 18 7 60 -- 25 0 6 1
2014 TEN 8 8 49 31 18 1.0 -- 3 2 20 10 13 0 0 --
2013 DEN 14 10 84 48 36 1.5 -- 4 1 0 -- 0 0 2 --
2012 DEN 15 14 117 73 44 5.5 -- 6 3 40 13.3 25 0 1 1
2011 DEN 15 7 97 67 30 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
2010 DEN 11 3 37 33 4 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2009 DEN 16 0 44 32 12 0.0 -- 2 1 0 -- 0 0 1 --
2008 DEN 16 6 55 47 8 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @KC W 26-10 5 5 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 DAL L 10-26 5 2 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @CIN L 7-33 9 5 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @IND L 17-41 9 6 3 -- -- 2 1 7 7 7 0 0 --
5 CLE L 28-29 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 JAC W 16-14 6 4 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @WAS L 17-19 7 4 3 -- -- 1 1 13 13 13 0 0 --
8 HOU L 16-30 6 4 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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