Even though linebacker Danny Trevathan never had the chance to play with linebacker Wesley Woodyard at Kentucky, he heard plenty from the former Wildcat.
Now, he’ll have a chance to be teammates with Woodyard, a player Trevathan said he tried to model his game after.
“I had to be myself, but at the same time I learned from him,” Trevathan said. “He was a great football player – he played every aspect of the game, he even returned kicks. That’s why I wanted to return kicks – until I broke my wrist and that was over.”
Despite never overlapping at Kentucky with Woodyard, Trevathan said that Woodyard, who was, “just been born to be a leader,” gave him advice all through college.
The rookie linebacker said he’s talked to Woodyard since joining the Broncos and that the advice has continued pouring in.
“He’s been giving me advice since I’ve been in college,” Trevathan said. “He told me to just play ball. It’s just like being at Kentucky, but you have to handle yourself like a pro here. You have to know the ins and outs of the system. I’m trying to go under his wing.”
Woodyard earned a spot on the roster as a college free agent due to his play on special teams and has served as a special teams captain in each of his four seasons as a pro. Trevathan knows that special-teams play is key to his future success in the NFL as well.
“That’s your ticket,” Trevethan said about special teams. “You want to establish yourself in that aspect of the game – especially being a rookie. There are a lot of people in front of you that have needs for their family. By the way of making this team, you have to learn how to play special teams and be accountable and available wherever they need you. (Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers) had me playing a lot of positions today on special teams and I’m trying to get them all down. I want to be the person that they come to when they need (something).”
By chance, Trevathan ended up being assigned the same number Woodyard wore at the beginning of his career – No. 59. It wasn’t intentional, but now that he has it, Trevathan hopes he can represent it like Woodyard did.
“It was out of two numbers, 57 or 59. It was crazy how it just happened – I forgot (Woodyard) had No. 59, I saw the pictures of No. 52. It’s 59 and I’m going to try to rock it like he rocked it.”