Drafted: Undrafted, 2008 (Jets)
Best Game: Week 11 vs. Colts - seven carries, 69 yards, one TD; four receptions, 21 yards
Woodhead has come into his own so far this season, after the Jets had abandoned hope on the young scrapper. Woodhead, like teammate Wes Welker, is undersized and has crashed the NFL with his versatility and awareness.
The young player attended college at Chadron State, where he set many NCAA rushing records, including single season rushing and all-time rushing. Woodhead won the Harlon Hill Trophy in 2006 and 2007, which is annually given to the best player in Division II.
He became just the third player in Division II history to have won it twice, along with Johnny Bailey and Dusty Bonner.
His college career was rather Madden-like, as he finished his tenure with 7,871 rushing yards and 101 touchdowns, including a 2,756-yard and 34 touchdown season in 2006. He also recorded 9,259 all-purpose yards, ranking second in NCAA history behind Villanova’s Brian Westbrook.
Woodhead went undrafted in 2008, after not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He reportedly ran a 4.33 and 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at Pro Day, which would have ranked second among running backs at the NFL combine.
Before the 2008 draft was over, Woodhead received a phone call from the Jets organization, and they would soon agree on a rookie free agent contract.
On July 26, 2008, Woodhead was waived/injured by the Jets after bring carted off the field due to an injury. He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve.
In a 2009 preseason game against the Eagles, Woodhead ran for 158 yards, the second-highest total in the preseason since 1992. He survived the final cuts but was waived a day later—however, he was signed to the Jets’ practice squad
He was waived again by the Jets on September 14, 2010.
That’s where the Patriots come in. They signed the running back on September 18, one day before the Patriots took on the Jets in the first of their two-game matchup.
After running back Laurence Maroney was traded, Woodhead was brought in to the active roster, and he hasn’t looked back. He started his first game against the Bills in Week 3 and scored his first touchdown, a 22-yard scamper. He scored the following week against the Dolphins with an 11-yard touchdown.
Against the Colts in Week 11, Woodhead had the longest play of his career, a 36-yard touchdown run in the Patriots’ victory.
On November 19, the Patriots announced they had signed Woodhead to a two-year extension.
For the season, Woodhead has carried the ball 64 times for 344 yards and three touchdowns—he has also caught 24 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown.
It looks like he may be in a Patriots uniform for a long time and rightfully so.