Wesley Woodyard

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Wesley Woodyard
No. 59     Tennessee Titans
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-21) July 21, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: LaGrange, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
College: Kentucky
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2008 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First Team All-SEC (2006–2007)
  • Honorable Mention All-SEC (2005)
  • Broncos Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2013)
  • AFC Champion (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 434
Quarterback sacks 8.0
Pass deflections 15
Interceptions 5
Forced fumbles 6
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Wesley Woodyard Jr. (born July 21, 1986) nicknamed "The Lumberjack", is an American football linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2008. He played college football for the University of Kentucky.

High school career[edit]

Woodyard was born in LaGrange, Georgia and attended LaGrange High School. He was named the Georgia Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was first-team all-state as a senior by the Georgia Sportswriters Association and the Journal-Constitution. As a four-year letterman and two-year starter at outside linebacker, the team posted a 51-3 record during his three seasons, winning a pair of state championships.

College career[edit]

As a freshman in 2004, Woodyard played in the first 10 games and midway through the season, he switched from Strong safety to Inside linebacker. He recorded 34 tackles for the season and was selected for the Freshman All-SEC Team by SEC coaches. As a sophomore in 2005, he started all 11 games at linebacker. For the season he recorded 100 tackles, seven for-a-loss and four fumble recoveries. He was named second-team Sophomore All-American and All-SEC Honorable mention.

As a junior in 2006, Woodyard started all 13 games at linebacker, leading the team with 122 tackles and tackles-for-loss with 9.5. For the season he earned Defensive MVP honors in the Music City Bowl. As a senior in 2007, he started all 13 games at linebacker, leading the team with 139 tackles. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Professional career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Woodyard went unselected in the 2008 NFL Draft, but was later signed by the Denver Broncos. As a rookie, he filled in for the injured starter, D. J. Williams. He recorded 10 solo tackles in his first NFL start against the Cleveland Browns on November 6, 2008.

Woodyard re-signed with the Broncos on a two-year contract on March 19, 2012.[1] The Broncos selected him for the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for 2013.[2]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On March 14, 2014, Woodyard signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Tennessee Titans.[3]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2008 DEN 16 55 47 8 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 DEN 16 44 32 12 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
2010 DEN 11 37 33 4 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 DEN 15 97 67 30 0.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2012 DEN 15 117 73 44 5.5 1 1 12 3 40 13 25 0 6
2013 DEN 14 84 48 36 1.5 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Career 87 434 300 134 8.0 8 1 0 5 40 8 25 0 15

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Personal life[edit]

Woodyard is married to Veronica Woodyard.[5] Woodyard is a Christian.[6][7] In 2014, He and his wife welcomed their first child, a boy named Greyson "Grey" Wesley Woodyard. He weighed 6lbs. , 5oz. 18in. long.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Silva, Evan (March 19, 2012). "Broncos keep Wesley Woodyard on two-year deal". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  2. ^ Zaas, Stuart (November 27, 2013). "Woodyard Named Broncos’ Walter Payton Man of the Year". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  3. ^ Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans strike 4-year deal
  4. ^ "Wesley Woodyard Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "wooddro52". 
  6. ^ "Whitehead: How I met my fiance, Wesley Woodyard". 
  7. ^ "Wesley Woodyard". 

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