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The Fire Still Burns within Danny Woodhead
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The Chargers sideline hushed in silence last September when Danny Woodhead was carted off with a season ending injury Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills.
Fittingly, 10 months later, the loudest cheers at training camp were reserved for number 39.
“It’s good to be around the fans, and those that enjoy watching you,” he said with a big grin as he left the field. “I appreciate their support, and I heard them loud.”
When he returned to Chargers Park in April for the offseason program, Woodhead explained how it was a long road back. However, the start of training camp didn’t feel any different for the seven year veteran who described it as “business as usual.”
“Obviously I haven’t played any games, but I feel like I’m back. I don’t feel like I need any stepping stones. I used my time to get healed, and I’m where I need to be. I’m happy with where I’m at. It’s business as usual. There is no (checklist). If I can do it, I’m doing it. I’m looking forward to playing in the games.”
“It felt the same, and it was good to be back with the guys. It was a lot of fun. Once you start doing it, it’s like riding a bike.”
As a 5-8, 200-pound running back out of tiny Chadron State, Woodhead has had to fight for everything he’s earned. While he has established himself as an impact player in the NFL, Woodhead says the fire still burns as if it was his very first training camp trying to make it in the league. In fact, he feels the same way today as he did back in 2008 with the New York Jets.
“You do think back sometimes to your first training camp, but the fire is there every training camp. I feel like I am always fighting. My concern would be going into a training camp comfortable. I don’t ever want to get there. I want to always make sure I’m ready to do anything and everything the coaches ask.”Read