Current, former Titans go through broadcast bootcamp

Posted at 7:52 AM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 09:22:50-05

ATLANTA (WTVF) — NFL players from every team will visit Radio Row during the course of Super Bowl week to do interviews. But for one current and one former Titan taking part in the NFL’s Broadcasting Bootcamp at Super Bowl 53 could be the start of a new career.

“I’m a little bit nervous, man,” Titans Linebacker Wesley Woodyard said Friday. “But I think when you get those nervous feelings in your stomach it’s because you’re doing something you enjoy doing.”

Woodyard and former receiver Eric Decker are serving as analysts on tv and radio shows throughout the week, getting a look at the job the media does.

“Its a good way to introduce (yourself) and network with people,” said Decker, who played his final season with the Titans in 2017.

Woodyard and Decker know their stuff, but admit being in the media isn’t as easy as it looks.

“You think, ‘oh, this can’t be that hard,’ but when you’re interviewing someone or when you’re calling a game, it’s intimidating,” said Decker.

Woodyard adds, “You have to take the same approach as if you’re getting ready to play a week nine game. You have to understand and do your research on these teams.”

Besides a great learning experience, the players say the week has been fun. A potential jump start to a career after football.

“I hope so,” Decker said. “I would definitely love to be in (broadcasting) because football is my passion.”

Whenever they get the call to join the broadcasting force full time - you can bet both Woodyard and Decker will have plenty to say.

“I like to give my input on the game and show people what I think is going to take place,” Woodyard said. “So it’s definitely something I’m really highly considering, but I’ve still got some years left in the tank, so it’s not going to come anytime soon.”