Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. Or at least that is Wesley Woodyard’s philosophy.
Even though he spent the year with the Denver Broncos, his former team was never far from his mind. He regularly checked in with former teammates and followed the team regularly even as he was making a name for himself as a rookie free agent linebacker.
“I was real excited to see what they came out and did. They had injuries and continued to make history with our third bowl game in three years and three straight wins means lot to the program. Seeing those guys build on something that I wanted to help build means a lot to me,” Woodyard said.
He hopes the pipeline he started from LaGrange, Ga., to Kentucky will flourish even more now based on the success he had along with what Braxton Kelley and DeMoreo Ford have done and what he thinks Randall Burden will do next year.
“I went to Kentucky to make people believe in the program. Kids believe in me and look up to me. They know I will not lead them in the wrong direction. Coach Joker and coach Brooks believe in La Grange.
“The last time I was home I talked to those guys and they were all excited to see me. They call me a superstar now. I tell them I am not a superstar. But it is good to see myself at the high school and see myself in the Hall of Fame. I like seeing the guys I played with. All that means a lot to me, and I want that LaGrange connection to keep going for a long, long time.”
Woodyard says life has been good for him — with one small exception.
“I could have been a lot more happy in the playoffs, but I couldn’t ask for more overall. I had an opportunity to play. I was able to live out my dream. A lot of people never get that chance. I was appreciative of the opportunity and try to take it and run with it because that’s the only way I know to do things,” he said.