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Wesley Woodyard hosts free football camp (and talks some smack)

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Wesley Woodyard may still be a Wildcat at heart, but that doesn’t stop him from talking smack about some fellow former Kentucky boys. Or, at least about Benny Snell.

Woodyard, now a linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, spent some time back at his old stomping grounds this weekend. 

On Saturday, he hosted a golf scramble to raise money for his foundation – the 16Ways Foundation, which is focused on helping kids reach their full potential through education, physical activity and mentorship. Then, he spent his Sunday downtown at the Charles Young Center, where he put on a free youth football camp. Fellow Cat Keenan Burton and current Titans teammate Jurrell Casey also volunteered their time and talents at the camp.

The UK Hall of Famer also used the opportunity to catch up with reporters about the current state of Kentucky football. After one of the most successful seasons (and NFL Draft nights) in UK football history, Woodyard is excited to face-off against some fellow Cats in the league.

“I’ll see a couple of those guys. You know, Lonnie Johnson [and the Texans], I’ll see those guys twice a year,” Woodyard told WTVQ’s Austin Miller. “I’m pretty excited about that.”

Woodyard also hopes he’ll suit up against Benny Snell and the Steelers eventually – he’ll have a special message waiting for him.

“Of course, man, one day maybe I’ll get a chance to see Benny in the A gap or the B gap. And I’m going to say ‘Snell Yeah’ on top of him,” Woodyard laughed. 

To learn more about Woodyard’s foundation or to donate to his cause, click here


Will George Asafo-Adjei thrive with the New York Giants?

Will George Asafo-Adjei thrive with the New York Giants?

Big George is quickly becoming a Big Hit for the New York Giants. The former Cat has experienced quite a warm welcome, and Giants fans have lofty expectations for their 7th-round Draft pick.

A few days ago, George Asafo-Adjei’s story of overcoming the odds made its way to the headlines – an article from detailed his youth, including how hard his mother worked as a single mom to provide for her son’s dreams, and how her struggles kept him on the right path.

“Football kept me out of trouble and gave me a sense of hope that my life at the time wasn’t always going to be that way,” Asafo-Adjei said. “It gave me an opportunity to make something of myself when I didn’t think things would improve. Football really has changed my life.”

Things certainly aren’t “that way” anymore. Although the Giants haven’t officially negotiated a contract with the rookie yet, his projected contract is in the four-year, $2.6 million range, including guaranteed money in the $92,000 range. Asafo-Adjei’s rookie season cap hit will be in the $518,000 range, according to 24/7 Sports.

Asafo-Adjei was one of several former Kentucky players who heard his name called during NFL Draft weekend. Most importantly? He’s used to going against high-caliber competition, i.e. Josh Allen.

“Going against someone like [Allen] everyday definitely helps you with even this transition to the NFL,” Asafo-Adjei told reporters following the Giants’ rookie mini camp. “I feel like it was good for me, and we helped prepare each other for the next level.”

The tackle’s personality during these media opportunities is quickly making him a favorite among Giants fans. Whenever the team posts pictures or videos of Asafo-Adjei, they get replies like these:

Can he win the starting job? Only time will tell. But he’s got the spirit, talent and determination to get it – not to mention the fanbase behind him.