NASHVILLE - When Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard went to a youth football practice on Tuesday night, it took him back to his own childhood.
As part of the Music City Bowl's youth football program, Woodyard was selected as this year's ambassador. Woodyard spoke to the Bordeaux Eagles youth football team on Tuesday at Hartman Park about leadership, and following dreams.
"It was amazing," Woodyard said. "It brought back memories from my childhood, where it all started, being out there on the football field. I talked to the kids about leadership and being a great leader, making sacrifices, but most importantly dreaming and setting goals."
Woodyard, in his 12th NFL season, was named Defensive MVP of the Music City Bowl while at the University of Kentucky. Woodyard was a captain at UK, and he's been a captain every year he's played in the NFL.
Woodyard said he challenged the youth players the same way he was challenged as a kid. A year ago, former Titans safety Johnathan Cyprien was an ambassador for the Music City Bowl.
Woodyard is scheduled to speak to Smyrna youth football players next week.
"Every kid is not going to make it to the NFL, so I challenged them to hear it the way I heard it -- let it motivate you to make it and to reach your dreams," Woodyard said.
"I had a lot of dreams that took place right here on the youth football field, just a like a lot of these kids have today. I had dreams of playing professionally, dreams of going to college and dreams of helping your family out. Playing this game taught me a lot of things and helping out with youth football definitely brings it back full circle."