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Dean Pees will never respect a player more than Wesley Woodyard

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship this weekend, I’m looking for any and all reasons to write about the fact that the Tennessee Titans are in the AFC Championship this weekend.

And this story works.

During yesterday’s press conferences in Nashville, Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees had some very kind things to say about Wesley Woodyard. You see, Woodyard has stepped back into a secondary role this season, behind some young up-and-comers in the Titans’ linebacking corps; and Pees admires the way the former Wildcat has handled the entire situation.

Pees went as far to say, “In 47 years of coaching I have never respected a player more than I do Wesley. Never.”

The longtime defensive coach raved about how Woodyard swallowed his pride and has helped the younger guys take over, while still making some big plays when his number is called.

“It just takes a mature leader to be able to do that stuff,” Pees said. “He is invaluable to our defense in that regard… Again, in all my years of coaching–I’ve been around a lot of great linebackers and a lot of great people and a lot of great players–he has my utmost respect.”

That is coming from a guy who has two Super Bowl rings and was a defensive coordinator for both the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.

But none of us here in Kentucky are the least bit surprised to hear it. Woodyard is First Team All-Leader in the UK history books.

And the Tennessee Titans are in the AFC Championship this weekend.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR