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Danny Woodhead Not Resting on His Laurels
Everyone loves an underdog story, and Danny Woodhead certainly fits the description. At 5-foot-8, 200-pounds coming from Division II Chadron State, the diminutive running back faced an uphill battle to make it in the NFL.
But Woodhead hasn’t just made it to this level; he’s proven to be a valuable, versatile weapon capable of game-changing plays.
In five seasons, Woodhead has appeared in 56 games with nine starts. He’s carried the ball 265 times for 1,263 yards (averaging 4.8 yards per carry) with 10 touchdowns and has 100 receptions for 1,069 yards (10.7 yards per catch) and four scores.
Woodhead spent the first two years of his career playing sparingly with the New York Jets before marked success with the New England Patriots the previous three seasons. This past March, he didn’t last long on the open market before general manager Tom Telesco inked the popular running back to a deal early during free agency.
Woodhead endeared himself to his teammates and coaches during offseason workouts and minicamp practices with his tireless work ethic. Still, he says he isn’t resting on his laurels. Woodhead is determined to prove during training camp that the Chargers made a wise move in acquiring him.
“It feels good to be out here playing football, a game that I love,” he said. “I love getting out there and competing, and I’m really happy to be a Charger. I want to contribute and show my teammates that I can be an asset. That is part of what drives me. I think I’ve been doing a good job so far but we’ll see. We’ll see how I do on film and see what the coaches say, most importantly. I certainly hope that’s the case. I’ve enjoyed myself, that’s for sure. And I’m doing everything I can. But it’s a process to work every single day throughout camp, and throughout the season.”
A key factor in being the type of asset Woodhead aims to be is fitting in with the team both on and off the field. For some players, creating this kind of chemistry after joining a new team can be a difficult process. That’s not the case for Woodhead.
“You know, I feel very comfortable with the guys out here,” he said. “They welcomed me from day one. So camp’s not so much a getting to know them for me because I’ve already gotten to know them. Chemistry is important. And that’s great because now I can focus on playing football. But I’m really excited about playing with all of them.”
Woodhead isn’t just popular among his teammates, he is also a fan favorite. Many fans across the NFL identify with the hardworking 28-year old Nebraskan. All you have to do is come out to Chargers Park during training camp and hear the cheers from the crowd whenever number 39 makes a play or has his name announced.
“It’s awesome to play in front of these fans,” he said with a smile on his face. “The way they’ve embraced me from day one means a lot. Hearing them cheer every single day makes me excited to see them every single week once the season starts. They’ve been very welcoming and very, very supportive.”
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