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Four years later, the pair of 5-8, 200-pound running backs are now teammates, boasting a number of similarities. The rookie rusher is hoping to follow in number 39’s footsteps as he sees a player who fought tooth and nail as an undrafted free agent to carve out a successful NFL career.
“I feel a brotherhood with him,” Oliver explained. “I look at Danny and see the situation he
The always humble Woodhead downplayed his stature as a role model, but said he’s honored that Oliver looks up to him.
Less than a month into their tenure together in San Diego, Woodhead is already impressed with Oliver. He’s humbled that the rookie admires him, and is eager to do whatever it takes to assist Oliver.
“He’s a great kid,” Woodhead said. “He’s very talented and has been a great addition for us. When he asks questions I try to tell him the ways I have taken on those certain situations. I’m trying to give him the best advice because over seven years I’ve done things right and I’ve done things wrong. So I’m trying to help any of the rookies. Anyone who wants to ask me a question, I want to be there. And he is a great kid.”
Oliver is not only learning from Woodhead off the field, but he’s looking to emulate his style on it.
“I especially focus on his mechanics,” he said. “He is so technical with his routes. I watch his movements with everything he does, and I try to do that.”