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All You Need to Know About Danny Woodhead
An adept pass-catcher, Woodhead set new career highs across the board in 2013 with 76 catches (second on the team), 605 yards and six touchdowns. He finished the regular season with the most touchdown catches among all NFL running backs and the second-most receptions and receiving yards. Woodhead also scored two rushing touchdowns setting a new career high for total touchdowns in a season and he added to his scoring ledger in the postseason, scoring the Chargers’ first touchdown of their wild card win in Cincinnati on a five yard run for his first-career playoff rushing touchdown.
Woodhead added 429 rushing yards to his offensive tally giving him a total of 1,034 yards from scrimmage and he tackled on 262 kickoff return yards for 1,296 all-purpose yards. Both were career highs.
A native of tiny North Platte, Neb. (pop. 25,000), Woodhead is one of the most popular athletes ever to come out of the Cornhusker state. He first came onto the national scene at Chadron State College after a record-setting career at North Platte High. Nebraska’s 2003 Player of the Year, Woodhead was overlooked by the state’s biggest schools, including the University of Nebraska, so he followed his older brother, Ben, to Chadron State where he became the first-ever athlete in school history to receive a full-ride scholarship. Despite his diminutive 5-8, 200-pound frame, Woodhead set a number of records for the Eagles, and he became a two-time winner of the Harlon Hill Award, Division II’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Woodhead left the Chadron, Neb. campus as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher (7,962 yards) and he tied the national mark with 109 touchdowns. Though Chadron State never won a national championship during Woodhead’s career, the Eagles went 35-11 during his tenure, including back-to-back undefeated seasons and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles his junior and senior years. Their only loss each of those two seasons came in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals where both times they were defeated by Northwest Missouri State. In 2013, Woodhead was named to the Division II 40th-Anniversary Tribute Team.
Woodhead and his wife, Stacia, have two children, daughter, Gia Grace, and son, Will Daniel.