During his NFL career, Wesley Woodyard has only known one home.
Woodyard was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2008, and that’s where he remained through the 2013 season.
Woodyard is preparing for life after the Broncos, though.
After helping the Broncos reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999, Woodyard was a free agent, and after looking at his different options, he chose the Tennessee Titans.
When the Titans kick off the 2014 season, Woodyard will likely be starting at one of the linebacker positions.
“I’m real excited. It’s a new start,” Woodyard said on Saturday during his youth football camp at Callaway Stadium.
Woodyard was pursued by a handful of teams, including the New England Patriots, but he likes what he sees from the Titans under head coach Ken Whisenhunt, as well as defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
“Our defense is going to be really exciting to watch,” Woodyard said. “What coach Ray Horton does with the defensive scheme is great, and coach Whisenhunt is going to cut us loose and let us play. I’m excited.”
The Titans are getting a player who has been extremely productive in recent years.
During his first three years with the Broncos, Woodyard was a part-time player, but in his fourth season he moved into the starting lineup and became one of the team’s defensive stalwarts.
He had a career-high 97 tackles in 2011, and in 2012, Woodyard had the best season of his career when he led the team with 112 tackles.
Woodyard also had 5.5 sacks and three interceptions in 2012.
In 2013, even though Woodyard missed some time with an injury and ended up not starting for much of the second half of the season, he still had 84 tackles in the regular season.
Woodyard then helped the Broncos win a pair of playoff games, and they were back in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999 when they beat the Falcons.
Things didn’t go Denver’s way, with Seattle rolling to the victory.
It was an incredible experience for Woodyard, though.
“It was a dream come true. From the Textile Bowl to the Super Bowl,” Woodyard said. “It was the biggest game I ever played in my life, and I absolutely cherish those memories. Of course I wish we could have got the win, but it was great being there.”