February 3, 2014
Mayor Jim Thornton has proclaimed Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 as Wesley Woodyard, Jr. Day in the City of LaGrange to commemorate Woodyard and his teammates with the Denver Broncos’ 2013 season that lead them to Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII.
Woodyard is a 2004 graduate of LaGrange High School where he was an outstanding football player. He was named State AAA Defensive Player of the Year and led the Grangers to two state championships.
After a distinguished career at the University of Kentucky, he joined the Denver Broncos team. In addition to his football work, Woodyard has been very involved in charitable work both in Denver and LaGrange.
Mayor Thornton presented an official proclamation to the family members of Woodyard, including his grandmother, Mildred Rutledge and his father Wesley Woodyard, Sr.
“I’m very grateful for this showing of support by this lovely City of LaGrange,” said Woodyard’s mother, Edna Rutledge, in a statement to the City. “His family and I also appreciate the setting aside of February 2nd as a day for honoring his contributions and accomplishments. To our Mayor and community, many thanks to each that made this day happen. This memento will grace the walls of Wesley’s home along with his other cherished plaques. Once again thank you so very much for this powerful award.”