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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " WESLEY WOODYARD " IS A FOOTBALL LINE BACKER FOR TENNESSEE TITANS OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ( NFL) : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Wesley Woodyard


Wesley Woodyard
Wesley Woodyard 2012.JPG
Woodyard with the Broncos in 2012.
No. 59     Tennessee Titans
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: July 21, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birthLaGrange, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
CollegeKentucky
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
Tackles434
Quarterback sacks8.0
Pass deflections15
Interceptions5
Forced fumbles6
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                                                               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

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

Denver Broncos

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

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

NFL stats

YearTeamGamesCombined TacklesTacklesAssisted TacklesSacksForced FumblesFumble RecoveriesFumble Return YardsInterceptionsInterception Return YardsYards per Interception ReturnLongest Interception ReturnInterceptions Returned for TouchdownPasses Defended
2008DEN16554780.0000000001
2009DEN164432120.0100100002
2010DEN11373341.0000000000
2011DEN159767300.0300000002
2012DEN1511773445.51112340132506
2013DEN148448361.5300100004
Career874343001348.0810540825015

Personal life

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 Wesley Woodyard.