Former Lady Vol shares life lessons learned from Pat Summitt

Tiffany Woosley played for the Lady Vols in the 90s. (WSMV)

Tiffany Woosley was a star player for Rick Insell when he coached at Shelbyville High School.

She went on to play for Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols, where their competitive natures clashed at times.

Woosley became a slashing point guard for the team under Summitt, who pushed her relentlessly.

"I probably was a little stubborn, but it was more I wanted to win just as much as she did, but it was being able to get that out of me," Woosley said.

Tough minded and stubborn, just like Summitt in some ways, Woosley showed her grit in January of her senior year in 1995 when she tore her ACL in a game against Vanderbilt.

Only a week after reconstructive surgery, still bloodied, she was walking.

Woosley was determined to play if the Lady Vols made it to the NCAA Championship game in just two months.

"It would have been the quickest anybody has come back," Woosley said.

The Lady Vols made to the NCAA Finals and unfortunately lost the game.

Summitt wouldn't let her play, more concerned about her health than winning a championship game.

"You don't realize until you actually get out of it and then you're like, man, I was so thankful that I was blessed to have that opportunity to play for Pat. She was always really adamant about go home and see your family, make sure you do your studies, make sure you do your basketball, so it was more of a balanced life that I really took and learned from," Woosley said.

Woosley has become a wife, a mother and a highly successful businesswoman, living out the dream Summitt had for each of her players over 38 years. Every one of them earned a degree.

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Rudy Kalis retired from News4 in November 2017 after more than 43 years. He served as sports reporter/anchor, sports director and morning anchor. He comes back from time-to-time to file special reports.

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