NASHVILLE – Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard was relatively new to the NFL when a veteran teammate gave him some advice that's stuck with him.
"A wise vet once told me back in the day: 'You have to prepare for that day, whenever it is'," Woodyard recalled. "You never know when it comes, but you always have to be ready for life after football."
The veteran was linebacker Mario Haggan, Woodyward's teammate with the Denver Broncos.
Woodyard made his comments at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, where he was taking part in training with Broadcast Boot Camp, on Radio Row. The camp is part of the NFL's Player Engagement program.
This week, Woodyard is going through another stage of the 13th annual Broadcast Boot Camp, which gives both current NFL players and NFL Legends the opportunity to try their hand at a multitude of careers in the sports media field. Woodyard is taking part in a four-day program focused on careers in sports media, as a guest speaker.
The program, which began on Monday, covers a wide range of topics with instructors from top media outlets as well as broadcast and radio networks, including Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, FOX, Yahoo! Sports, NFL Network, SiriusXM, and Westwood One Radio.
Woodyard and other players in the program receive hands-on experience in areas such as tape study, editing, studio and show preparation, radio production, production meetings, and field reporting.
Woodyard took part in Broadcast Boot Camp two years ago, and last year he went through Advanced Broadcast Boot Camp.
At the Super Bowl, Woodyard was one of four players selected to appear on radio stations being interviewed, or as the interviewer.
"Basically you find your niche on what it is you like to do," Woodyard said. "It's pretty much getting practice reps."
"It's pretty cool to see the shows you listen to on the radio, or see the shows you watch on TV," Woodyard said. "To be behind the scenes, and see the ins and outs of a show, what it takes to prepare for the show, it's pretty cool. Taking off the pads and stepping back, it's a great set-up after football. To me, this is a great way to meet great people and helps you prepare for that years down the line."
In addition to Woodyard, other participants this week include:
- Jason Cabinda: Current Oakland Raiders Linebacker
- Darrell Campbell: Producer, NFL Films; Former NFL Defensive Tackle
- Matt Cassel: Current NFL Free Agent; 14 yr. vet / NE, KC, MIN, BUF, DAL, TEN and DET Quarterback
- Booger McFarland: ESPN Monday Night Football Analyst; Former NFL Defensive Tackle
- Torrey Smith: Current Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver
Woodyard, who's headed into his 12th NFL season, stressed on numerous occasions when speaking about life after football that he's not rushing it.
Woodyard is coming off yet another season when he led the Titans in tackles.
He wants to broadcast this:
"I have definitely been juggling and contemplating whether I take that coaching route or the broadcasting route right after my playing career," Woodyard said. "But I have some years left in the tank. This is for down the road. I am not worried about getting here so fast."
TitansOnline.com looks back at linebacker Wesley Woodyard's 2018 season. (AP Photos)