“Jordan was held together by duct tape by the time it was all done,” Cowherd said. “He has never been about excuses. He changed the way he tried to perform, because he was trying to stay on the floor and trying to limit the pain. He was in a ton of pain. His explosiveness was gone, but he was still finding ways to manage and dictate the game, as a great point guard does.
“He never takes days off. He doesn't understand that concept. His mental toughness — the kid has never lost a game in his head in his life.”
Woodard averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game, and the Bulldogs never lost with him on the court. Their two losses when he was out — to Midwest City and Edmond North — were both avenged later in the year.
“Dealing with adversity always makes winning even sweeter,” Woodard said. “I did what I had to do to get the rest of the guys where they wanted to be.”
In his push for success, Woodard rarely came up short. Over three years as the team's starting point guard, Memorial went to three state championship games and won two titles.
“We've had a lot of talented, tough, special players at Edmond Memorial,” Cowherd said. “With everything he accomplished in his career, he may be the greatest Bulldog ever, which is a pretty heady phrase.”