The former Kentucky linebacker grew up in a large family and always knew he wanted to have one of his one.
Woodyard and his wife, Veronica, are parents to three children: son Greyson, 5, and daughters Noah, 2, and Luca, 1.
Woodyard was five years into this NFL career when Greyson was born. Woodyard was ready for the change.
“I think it changed me by putting things in perspective,” he told Lisa Zimmerman of NFL.com. “Trying to be a good example for them. When you see them, it makes you want to do everything right. Those lessons that you learned in life, whether hard or easy, you want to share it with them. It makes me want to be great.”
The NFL season is a busy one. Woodyard makes sure he spends all his free time with his family.
“You’ve got to make sure every empty space of the day is with them. I can say for the most part I try to give all my time when I’m home to my kids. I try to focus and be the best dad. It’s bigger than the game of football. You don’t want your kids to be like, ‘That’s my dad, the football player,’ I want them to say, ‘That’s my father.’ ”
Woodyard is entering his 11th season in the NFL, his 5th with the Tennessee Titans.
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