Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Moments: Woodyard Shines for Kentucky

NASHVILLE -- Few players can say they've won the same bowl in back-to-back years.

Tennessee Titans linebacker, captain and former Kentucky standout Wesley Woodyard is among the select few.

A leader at the linebacker position, Woodyard helped lead Kentucky to a narrow 28-20 win over Clemson in the 2006 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Woodyard led the Wildcats with 12 total tackles, including a sack, and was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

A year later, Woodyard returned to his future home for his final game as a collegiate player. This time it was against the Florida State Seminoles led by legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. It was the second year in a row Woodyard and the Wildcats faced a squad led by a Bowden as Bobby Bowden's son was the head coach at Clemson in 2006.

Woodyard again led the Wildcats in tackles racking up 15 as Kentucky squeaked by with a narrow 35-28 win to become back-to-back Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl champions.

Woodyard is still playing football today as a member of the Tennessee Titans where he was named a team captain in 2019. He still remembers where it all started.

“Anytime I pull up to Nissan Stadium, I’m like ‘this is where I played my last collegiate game’ and to be a two-time Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl champion, seeing where it all began being back here in Nashville, it’s just a dream come true,” Woodyard said.

This has been a Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Moment. Be a part of the next moment during Nashville's holiday tradition on Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium. Tickets for the 2019 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl are on sale now at musiccitybowl.com/tickets.

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