Danny Woodhead doesn’t dwell on not being recruited by Nebraska and why should he?
He’s had plenty of success despite not having that Husker connection.
He had a standout career as a multi-sport athlete at North Platte, was a two-time Harlon Hill winner at Chadron State and is an NFL veteran.
"Some people probably still say I couldn't have played at Nebraska," he said. "That was even said once I was in the NFL. I don't even feel I need to argue that I could have. I feel very blessed with where I was in college."
For all the talk about the 5-foot-8 Woodhead being too small for big-time football, he has had plenty of success in that arena and elsewhere throughout his athletic career.
» He rushed for the second-most yards (7,962) in the history of college football in all divisions; won the Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II’s version of the Heisman) twice; and was honored on Division II’s 40-year "tribute team."
» His marks for 200-yard rushing games (19) and consecutive games scoring a touchdown (38) are still NCAA all-division records.
» He scored more high school touchdowns in a career (76) and a season (34) than anyone in Nebraska’s Class A.
» He was World-Herald first-team all-state in football three straight years.
» As a high school senior, he also earned second-team all-state in basketball while leading the state in scoring (26 points a game) and was second-team all-state in soccer. North Platte reached state in those sports as well as football.
» He ran track as a junior — and tied the school record in the 100 meters at 10.5 seconds.
Woodhead began his NFL career in 2008 with the New York Jets, followed by the New England Patriots (2010-12) and the San Diego Chargers in 2013. He has 1,730 yards rushing and 1,708 yards receiving.
Scoring a touchdown for the Patriots in the 2011 Super Bowl is one of his highlights.
In his typical low-key style, he called it "kind of a cool deal."
His 2014 season was cut short by injury, which made him realize how much football means to him.
"It makes you realize how blessed you are to play it," he said. "Not that I didn't understand that before, but when it is taken away for such a long amount of time, it makes you even hungrier. You miss being out there with your brothers."
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Teams played for: North Platte, Chadron State, Jets, Patriots, Chargers
Best athlete from Nebraska you've played with or against: “That’s a tough one. There were a lot of good players. As far as athletically doing a lot of stuff, I remember Nick Bahe (Lincoln Southeast, football and basketball). He was a great athlete and was a great guy to compete against. You knew you were always going to get his best.”
Best moment: “One is going to the state football championship game in high school my sophomore year with my brother (a teammate) and my dad (a coach). Other than that, scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl is kind of a cool deal. And my whole family was there to see it.’’
Early sign of greatness: “I thought I was pretty good at sports because I played about every sport you could play. I think I knew I was pretty good as I grew older, but I always wanted to be a team player. I just loved sports and enjoyed playing.’’
At Chadron State: 7,962 yards rushing, 101 touchdowns
NFL: 1,730 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns, 1,708 yards receiving, 10 touchdowns