The NFL didn't want him, but perseverance paid off and Danny Woodhead made it to the big show. The Jets loved his heart but just couldn't see the tiny guy in their game plan. So where else do you go to be made a star? The New England Patriots of course!...
Danny Woodhead is the running back with the quirky name from the college that nobody knows.
In fact, Woodhead may be the only running back in the NFL whose career college rushing yards outnumber the population of his college town, Chadron, Nebraska. The tally? 7,441 yards to 5,437 people.
When Woodhead graduated from Chadron State in 2007, he held the NCAA all-divisions career rushing record. He was not invited to the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine, so he hosted his own pro day.
Rumor has it Woodhead turned in a mid-4.3s in his 40-yard dash and threw down a surprising 38.5 inch vertical leap. Despite his impressive showing, the Nebraska native failed to join former Bills wide receiver Don Beebe as the only Chadron State grad to be selected in the NFL Draft.
The Jets offered him a deal as soon as the draft was over. Woodhead spent his rookie season on injured reserved, then returned to the Jets in 2009 as a receiver. The Jets cut Woodhead on September 14, 2010. Four days later, he was a New England Patriot.
Week 6 Stats: 11 carries, 63 yards; 5 catches, 52 yards
Woodhead splits time with fellow running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis...
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