"He has a gift in that he understands the game of football. He makes good decisions. Football is fun to him. He loves to play the game," Pardue said. "He does not have any shy or jealous bones in his body.
"It's impossible not to like Wesley Woodyard. He has great support with his family. About 100 come to every home game, or at least it seems like it. They spoil him," Pardue said.
That spoiling starts with his mother, though, but she prefers to think of her love as a "tough love" they both understand.
He has no other choice but to display respect not only for me, but to show that with everybody," she said. "The education part comes first, but I am very proud of him all-around. I always raised him to display himself with a respectful attitude no matter who it is or what it is. Education is very important and he's done a good job there. He's also done well on the field. Looking back, I don't know why I ever worried so much about him when he left home."