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Wesley Woodyard
MLB #52
Height:
6-0
Weight:
233
College:
Kentucky
Experience:
6
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 87 434 300 134 8 0 15 5 0 40 -- 25
2013 DEN 14 84 48 36 1.5 -- 4 1 0 0 -- 0
2012 DEN 15 117 73 44 5.5 -- 6 3 0 40 13.3 25
2011 DEN 15 97 67 30 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2010 DEN 11 37 33 4 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 DEN 16 44 32 12 0 -- 2 1 0 0 -- 0
2008 DEN 16 55 47 8 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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WOODYARD AT A GLANCE:
• A sixth-year linebacker who played 87 career regular-season games (40 starts), totaling 396 tackles (269 solo), eight sacks (68.5 yds.), five interceptions (40 yds.), six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
• Joins Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little as the only players in franchise history to serve as a captain in each of their first five years with the club.
• Totaled 48 special-teams tackles since his rookie year in 2008, and has led the team in that category in three of his five NFL seasons.
• 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.
• Named to USA Today's All-Joe Team in 2012 after posting career highs in starts (14), tackles (114), sacks (5.5), interceptions (3), passes defensed (6) and fumble recoveries (1).
• Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following his performance vs. New Orleans (10/28/12), as he became the ninth NFL player since 1982 to collect a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in addition to posting at least 10 tackles in a game.
• Started a career-high seven games for the Broncos in 2011 and finished second on the club with a personal-best 87 tackles (60 solo) to go along with two passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
• Registered 35 defensive tackles, one interception and nine special-teams stops, which tied for fourth on the team, in 16 games with Denver in 2009.
• Was the only Bronco in 2008 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 (6 starts) as a rookie.
• Earned the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award from the Denver chapter of the PFWA in 2012 and was named the Broncos’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2010, ‘11 and '13. 
• Earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors during each of his final two seasons at Kentucky, where he started 42 career games and had three 100-tackle campaigns.
• Entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on April 28, 2008.

WOODYARD AT A GLANCE:
• A sixth-year linebacker who played 87 career regular-season games (40 starts), totaling 396 tackles (269 solo), eight sacks (68.5 yds.), five interceptions (40 yds.), six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
• Joins Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little as the only players in franchise history to serve as a captain in each of their first five years with the club.
• Totaled 48 special-teams tackles since his rookie year in 2008, and has led the team in that category in three of his five NFL seasons.
• 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.
• Named to USA Today's All-Joe Team in 2012 after posting career highs in starts (14), tackles (114), sacks (5.5), interceptions (3), passes defensed (6) and fumble recoveries (1).
• Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following his performance vs. New Orleans (10/28/12), as he became the ninth NFL player since 1982 to collect a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in addition to posting at least 10 tackles in a game.
• Started a career-high seven games for the Broncos in 2011 and finished second on the club with a personal-best 87 tackles (60 solo) to go along with two passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
• Registered 35 defensive tackles, one interception and nine special-teams stops, which tied for fourth on the team, in 16 games with Denver in 2009.
• Was the only Bronco in 2008 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 (6 starts) as a rookie.
• Earned the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award from the Denver chapter of the PFWA in 2012 and was named the Broncos’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2010, ‘11 and '13.
• Earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors during each of his final two seasons at Kentucky, where he started 42 career games and had three 100-tackle campaigns.
• Entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on April 28, 2008.


CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Denver as a college free agent 4/28/08.

Woodyard’s Single-Game Highs
(Postseason in parentheses)
Tackles — 15 at New England, 11/24/13 (7 vs. Baltimore, 1/12/13). Interceptions — 1, five times, last at Kansas City, 12/1/13 (none). Interception return yards — 25 vs. San Diego, 11/18/12 (none). Sacks — 1.5 vs. Cleveland, 12/23/12 (none). Sack yards — 12 vs. New Orleans, 10/28/12 (none). Pass breakups — 2 vs. New Orleans, 10/28/12 (none). Fumble return yards — 12 vs. San Diego, 11/18/12 (none). Special-teams tackles — 3, twice, last vs. St. Louis, 11/28/10 (1 at New England, 12/14/12).

2013: Woodyard, who was elected a defensive season captain, played 14 games (10 starts) for the Broncos in 2013... Earned his third career Broncos’ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award... Ranked second on the team with 83 tackles and added 1.5 sacks, one interception, three tackles for a loss, eight quarterback hits, four pass breakups and one forced fumble.. Finished second on the club with 10 tackles, including half a sack, one tackle for a loss, two quarterback hits and one pass breakup vs. Bal. (9/5)... Finished second with seven tackles and added a pass breakup and a quarterback hit at NYG (9/15)... Tied for the team lead with eight tackles and added half a sack and a pair of QB hits vs. Oak. (9/23)... Recorded half a sack and finished third on the team with eight tackles vs. Phi. (9/29)... Tied for the team lead with 11 tackles at S.D. (11/10)... Set a career high with 15 tackles and forced one fumble at N.E. (11/24)... Intercepted Alex Smith’s pass in the end zone at K.C. (12/1)...Made a tackle for a loss at Hou. (12/22)... Posted one tackle for a loss in addition to one special-teams stop and one special-teams forced fumble at Oak. (12/29)...Played in all three playoff contests, finishing with seven tackles.

2012: Woodyard played 15 regular-season games, starting a career-high 14 contests, and led the club with 114 tackles (70 solo), to go along with 5.5 sacks (47.5 yds.), three interceptions (40 yds.), six passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery... Added three special-teams stops... Became 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... Named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team and earned the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award from the Denver chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America... Earned the AFC Defensive Player of the Week Award honors after setting or matching career highs in nearly every defensive category vs. N.O. (10/28) and becoming the first Bronco to post one sack, one interception and one forced fumble in the same game... Finished with a career-high 14 tackles to lead all players at Cin. (11/4)... Set a career high with 1.5 sacks vs. Cle. (12/23)... Tied for second on the team with seven tackles in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Bal. (1/12).

2011: Woodyard played 15 games, opening a career-high seven contests, and ranked second on the team with 87 tackles (60 solo) to go along with two passes defensed and two forced fumbles... Led the club in special-teams tackles (10) for the second consecutive season and the third time in his your years with the Broncos... Added one forced fumble on the kickoff coverage unit... Saw action in both of Denver’s postseason games and collected one special-teams stop... Matched a career-high with 13 tackles (10 solo) and added a pass defensed vs. Cin. (9/18)... Forced a Marion Barber fumble vs. Chi. (12/11) in Denver territory in overtime to prevent a game-winning score and set up Denver’s offense for the go-ahead field goal.

2010:
Woodyard was named a team captain for the second consecutive year and played 11 games (3 starts) for Denver while totaling 23 tackles (20 solo), including one sack (10 yds.), in addition to a team-leading 15 special-teams stops... Tied for fifth in the NFL with 1.36 special-teams tackles per game... Recorded his first career sack (10 yds.) in Denver’s regular-season finale vs. S.D. (1/2).

2009:
Woodyard, a team captain, played all 16 games (0 starts) for the Broncos and had 35 tackles (25 solo), one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble... Tied for fourth on the team with nine special-teams tackles... Made his first career interception at Cin. (9/13)... Placed second on the club with seven tackles (6 solo) vs. Pit. (11/9)... Had three special-teams tackles at K.C. (12/6).

2008:
Woodyard, who entered the NFL with the Broncos as a college free agent on April 28, played all 16 games (6 starts) as a rookie and ranked eighth on Denver with 54 tackles (47 solo) while adding one pass breakup and one forced fumble... Tied for the team lead with 11 special-teams tackles, including eight stops on kickoff coverage that tied for the club best... Was the only Bronco to rank among the top eight on the team in both defensive tackles and special-teams stops... Tied for fourth in the league in unassisted tackles (36) according to press box totals during a stretch from Weeks 10-14 when he logged the first five starts of his NFL career... Had three 10-tackle games, including a season-best 13 stops at NYJ (11/30)... Played on special teams only in Denver’s first eight contests before moving into a starting role due to injuries at the linebacker position... Also saw time at safety late in the year.

COLLEGE:
Woodyard 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 (42 starts) and led the Wildcats in tackles during each of his last three years... Concluded his collegiate career ranked eighth in UK 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... Led the SEC in tackles per game (10.6) and tied for 14th in the nation with 139 total stops as a senior... 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 UK freshman to serve as a team captain.

PERSONAL:
Woodyard 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 High School in LaGrange, Ga.... 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 each of the last two seasons... Earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Kentucky... Wesley Woodyard was born on July 21, 1986, in LaGrange, Ga.

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