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

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