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Lest We Forget

(Photo HYOUNG CHANG, The Denver Post)

The Denver Post captured this cool picture of Wesley Woodyard before the Broncos game against the Steelers last night. Tebow gets the headlines, but Woodyard is an important part of what makes the Broncos special. The blue collar players who bring their lunch pail to work every day like Wesley are the unsung heroes in Tebow’s nine wins this season. Now Wesley and the Broncs will have their shot at the AFC top seeded Patriots.

Woodyard has 97 tackles on the season. That’s the most of any Denver defender.

Article written by Matthew Hays

43 Comments for Lest We Forget

  1. RICK
    10:58 am January 9, 2012 Permalink


  2. Wesley Woodyard
    10:59 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    First!!! In Tackles!!!

    10:59 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Good ole Wesley. Still one of the best players of the past decade to come out of UK.

  4. string music
    11:04 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    He and Jeff Snedegar are my all time favorite Cats.

  5. barn
    11:06 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    what’s wrong with his left arm?

  6. bonkrshr
    11:07 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    5… that’s a brand for his fraternity I beleive Omega Psi Phi

  7. garfunkleo
    11:11 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Captain Woodyard that is!!!!!

  8. Mark
    11:12 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Is he injured?

  9. average fan
    11:17 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Pictures of people spitting in the air are always the coolest!

  10. GoCats2
    11:21 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Perhaps more importantly than all the tackles is the haircut he gave Tebow last year that inspired him to play so great.

  11. Crystal Balls
    11:28 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Tim Tebow still deserved a lot of credit.

  12. UKfansNKY
    11:33 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t see much of Wesley in yesterdays game only special teams……hurt or what???? TEBOW is the MAN!!! I would have to agree with #4 adding to that Danny Trevathan. GO CATS!!!!!!

  13. Me
    12:05 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Love seeing the haters (aka – libs) in the media talk about Tebow, they have that ‘nuts tied in a knot’ look. Dude throws for 316 (yeah, 316) yards, 2 td passes, and 1 rushing td, and they wanta still run the guy down.

    Hey Deon, Cordell, and Stephen A. – Tim says, “God Bless.”

  14. pete
    12:05 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    That was tebows 8th win, orton had 1. I’ve never seen an NFL related post on this site without a mistake.

  15. Fat jesus
    12:09 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    take it ez pete!!! looks like wesley just found out that ted kennedy died

  16. fat jesus
    12:16 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    take it ez pete! looks like wesley just found out that ted kennedy died

  17. Me
    12:29 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Why do the black dudes on espn yell and scream and generally act-a-fool when talking about Tebow?

  18. UKChillfan
    12:34 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    It was really good seeing him go out for the “toss” before the beginning of the overtime.

  19. Keepin' it Real
    12:35 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    i love watching christian conservatives go ape sh*t over tebow and give god all the credit, only to disappear and refuse to blame god when he loses. hy-po-crite.

  20. TruBlu
    12:52 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    No stats for Woodyard for yesterday’s game. He’s an unrestricted free agent. I guess he’s in limbo but suited up anyway.

  21. John McGrath
    12:52 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    This isn’t Wesley. He’s #59

  22. tom
    1:00 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    In all due respect, I consider Tebow a lunch-pail type of quarterback as well. He is absolutely unafraid to mix it up with anyone and plow ahead into a pile. Just recently have I seen him take the ground before a hit but I’m sure that’s what the Broncos organization wants him to do.

  23. RIP Mel Turpin
    1:01 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Cat fan first, Bronco fan second.

    I’ve lived in Denver area for 15 years, and my friends all recognize Woodyard’s talent. Wesley has a strong following out here and lots of respect from the highly knowledgable fans. As a captain, we understand he has earned the privilege of calling the coin toss. Woodyard is a big deal in Denver, although you probably don’t hear it back in Kentucky.

    The passion of fandom here is pretty similar to the passion for UK in Lexington. And yes, Tebow is getting too much media coverage, but everyone loves how he gives credit to his teammates. “My teammates make me look better than I am. We are a team, win or lose, and no one of us is the reason we win.”

    Tebow is a class act. Orton is a better passer and more experienced NFL qb, but Tebow has a rare leadership ability that few have ever brought to a football team. All of the quotes about Tebow from other Bronco players (in the local media) are positive and supportive. They love his humility, energy, desire to win, and treatment of people. Sure, he has detractors and folks that don’t like what he stands for – those folks are NOT his team mates. Mostly just jealous sports media trying to make a controversial story to get attention.

  24. Ryan
    1:06 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Is it really fair to refer to any professional athlete that gets paid large sums of money to play a game as “blue collar?”

  25. DoyleRules
    1:10 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Woodyard switched to # 52 this season. Just sayin.

  26. CatomicBomb
    1:11 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    19 – I think its well known that you shouldn’t blame God. Win or Lose God still receives the glory.

  27. Hypocrite
    1:13 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    #19 – Keepin it Real – okay, so you like to criticize Christians. You have that right.

    Consider this: if you are right and there is no God, no Heaven, and no Hell, then when you die you will be completely vindicated for your belief. No one, including yourself, will know or care.

    If you are wrong and there is a God, a Heaven, and a Hell, then when you die you will have a long time in a very uncomfortable situation to reflect on your mistake.

    You must be too ignorant to calculate the probabilities before taking a hard-line position. You have that right. Hope you enjoy the next 100 years (whatever the rest of your life is measured in) of your defiant, arrogant, mean-spirited existence.

  28. Josh McDowell
    1:16 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    27. Amen

  29. Me
    1:24 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    #19 – Tebow says, “God Bless” to you too.

    No one is gonna blame God when Tebow or anyone else that prays, loses. Nothing wrong with saying a little shout out to God when you have success. It actually tells me a lot about a person when I hear their thoughts on / about Tebow.

  30. Racism
    1:53 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    @17… It’s called racism.

    Black people are a lot more racist than white people. Most white people who don’t live, work, go to school, or interact with black people are clueless that most black people don’t like white people.

  31. ZombieLibrarian
    2:00 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Hypocrite, fear-mongering is not a very effective strategy for arguing your point.

    Keepin’ it Real could just as easily argue that if he’s right and you’re wrong, than you essentially wasted a tremendous amount of your lifetime on a belief system you’re essentially arguing that people should go along with just to ‘cover their arses’.

    And I’m not interested in your religious argument, just pointing out the inherent silliness in your argument. I’m pretty sure that believing ‘just in case’, which is what it appears that you’re advocating, wouldn’t be considered actually believing. But then again, I’m not a diety, so what would I know?

  32. TruBlu
    2:02 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, RIP Mel Turpin, could you find out why the Broncos don’t offer Woodyard a new contract–and a contract for more than just one year?

  33. TheNewOriginal
    2:28 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    31/ Good point.

    30/ I thought you were going to do the Chris Rock bit on racism. LOL

  34. Carl
    2:37 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    What is Wesley smokin’?

  35. Keepin' it Real
    3:03 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    hypocrite… first of all, your incorrect assumption about me is another reason why you are indeed a hypocrite. i’ve read the bible, and there is a great deal in it about judging others. i believe in god, but i don’t believe he or she gives a rat’s ass about a football game. i think it’s asinine that anyone credits god for the broncos beating another team. and i see it everyday on facebook and all over the web. but even in the ridiculous stretch that someone does believe that, then they should be consistent and blame god when tebow fails. but they don’t. for some weird reason, they don’t. hy-po-crite.

  36. Me
    3:14 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    #35 – I believe Tebow praises God when he has success. I do not believe that he prays for his kicker to make ‘a kick’ or his defence to ‘tackle’ a running back. Tebow prays for the ability to play his best. He does not pray for his success and Pittsburgh’s failure. It just happened that way. Some will go out of their way to put Tim down and show their lack of knowledge of the subject even if the Broncos make the Super Bowl. But of course some would still put him (and his God) down even if they won the Super Bowl.

    #35, I think Tim would simply tell you, “God Bless.”

  37. Syrin
    3:35 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Tebow would be the forst one on the team to credit everyone BUT himself for their win.

  38. Keepin' it Real
    3:46 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    you completely misunderstand. i like tebow. i cheer for him. i want to see him succeed because i feel he is unfairly slammed by many, plus he’s a great guy. but as asinine as his critics can be, some of his “new” fans are worse. every day, i read no less than 30 or 40 comments implying that god had something to do with the outcome of the game, that he is “behind” tebow and the broncs. now please read comments thoroughly and stop assuming things that i did not say.

  39. Big Blue Crystal Balls
    5:09 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    What cracks me up is how some of the analysts were sayin just before the game how the Broncos were gonna possibly bench Tebow at halftime. You see Tebow just doesn’t fit their pro athlete mold- goin to clubs, lingering with bimbos and walkin around with some ridiculous vibe of how “cool” everybody ought to think he is. He won’t brag on himself, he gives everyone else the credit ESPECIALLY the Almighty. So instead of lifting him up for the great competitor and great young man he is, these certain individuals try to run him down. But at least if Tebow doesn’t make it in the NFL, I don’t think you have to worry about him hittin the streets and turnin to a life of crime.

  40. RIP Mel Turpin
    7:24 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Hey TruBlue,

    Good question. I just sent an email to a Denver Post writer asking about Woodyard’s contract situation. If/when I get a reply, I’ll post it here.

    The writer is Jeff Legwold, and he produced a complimentary piece on WW in December –

  41. TruBlu
    8:38 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks so much, RIP!

  42. CatomicBomb
    8:18 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    #29 – I think you misunderstood my post. I was not talking about Tim T. Blaming God, I was referring to post # 19… I know Tebow was not blaming God.

  43. plowboy
    9:47 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    I believe Tebow is a good christian. However I don’t believe he should be praying in public by himself. Matthew chapter 6 says not to do it because it brings attention to yourself. Instead go into your room and pray to God then you will recieve your reward.