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Danny Woodhead
RB #39
Height:
5-8
Weight:
200
Age:
29
College:
Chadron State
Hometown:
North Platte, Neb.
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2014):

CAR
15
YDS
38
AVG
2.5
TDS
0
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 386 1,730 4.5 36 12 181 1,708 9.4 50 10 4 3
2014 SD 3 0 15 38 2.5 13 0 5 34 6.8 14 0 -- --
2013 SD 16 2 106 429 4 14 2 76 605 8 39 6 2 2
2012 NE 16 2 76 301 4 19 4 40 446 11.2 25 3 1 0
2011 NE 15 4 77 351 4.6 12 1 18 157 8.7 16 0 -- --
2010 NE 14 3 97 547 5.6 36T 5 34 379 11.1 50 1 1 1
2010 NYJ 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 NYJ 10 0 15 64 4.3 16 0 8 87 10.9 24 0 -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultRushingReceivingFumbles
AttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @ARI L 17-18 6 5 0.8 5 0 1 6 6 6 0 -- --
2 SEA W 30-21 8 32 4 13 0 4 28 7 14 0 -- --
3 @BUF W 22-10 1 1 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

Running back Danny Woodhead proved to be a jack-of-all-trades in his first year with the Chargers.

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.

Woodhead has always been a popular NFL player but his popularity reached new heights last year when Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway was photographed walking her dog in Los Angeles, while sporting a replica of Woodhead’s No. 39 Chargers jersey.

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.

Despite a record-breaking college career, Woodhead did not receive an invitation to participate at the 2008 NFL Combine. Instead he took part in a Pro Day on the University of Nebraska campus and posted a 40-yard dash time that would’ve been among the fastest at the Combine. Still, when the 2008 NFL Draft rolled around, all seven rounds came and went without Woodhead hearing his name called and he ended up signing a free agent contract with the New York Jets. Woodhead suffered a knee injury in training camp and spent his entire rookie year on the “Reserve-Injured” list. He returned in 2009 and played sparingly for the Jets, but in 2010 he was released after the first game of the season. It didn’t take long for the rival New England Patriots to scoop up the Nebraska native and his career quickly hit an upswing. Woodhead played in 14 games for the Patriots and averaged a team-record 5.64 yards per carry for a squad that reached the AFC Divisional Playoffs. A year later, Woodhead helped the Patriots to a 13-3 regular season that culminated with a date with the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. And in 2012, he helped New England to a 12-4 mark and a trip to the AFC Championship Game.Woodhead seemed destined to play football from early childhood. As a child, he drew numbers on the backs of his cowboys and Indians and he held make believe games in his bedroom. Looking for a bigger field, he even once drew a football field in the middle of the family’s living room with a green marker. By fourth grade, he became a ball boy at North Platte High, where his dad, Mark, was an assistant coach.

Their family is extremely close. Woodhead was homeschooled until the ninth grade and his parents still live in North Platte, where Mark is now a school teacher and high school girls basketball coach. Both of his parents also attended Chadron State and Mark played wide receiver for the Eagles in the late 1970s. Danny and Ben roomed together at Chadron and they later served as the best men in each other’s weddings. All of the men in the Woodhead family go by the nickname “Woody,” except for Mark, who goes by “Big Woody.” They all enjoy playing golf and Danny, a scratch player, is the family’s best. Mom, Annette, is extremely devout and to this day she still sends Danny scriptures prior to each of his games.

Woodhead and his wife, Stacia, have two children, daughter, Gia Grace, and son, Will Daniel.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with New York Jets as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008...waived Sept. 6, 2009...re-signed to Jets’ practice squad, Sept. 9...signed to Jets’ active roster, Oct. 17...re-signed with Jets, Jan. 25, 2010...waived Sept. 14...signed with New England, Sept. 18, 2010...contract expired March 12, 2013... signed with Chargers, March 21.

2013: USA Today All-Joe...career-best two touchdown catches (26 and 13 yards) in 30-21 Sept. 29 win over Dallas...26-yarder to open game was careerlong TD catch...five-yard shovel pass for touchdown Oct. 6 at Oakland was third TD in two games...two-yard touchdown run Oct. 20 at Jacksonville was first score in 24-6 victory...led team and tied season high with nine catches Nov. 3 at Washington...appeared to score game-winning TD on six-yard catch and-run with 29 seconds left in game as he dove and appeared to glance pylon, but call was overturned by instant replay and Chargers settled for field goal that sent game into overtime...set new career high with fourth touchdown catch of season (7 yards) Nov. 10 vs. Denver...tied career high with sixth and seventh touchdowns of season in 41-38 win at Kansas City Nov. 24...scored on 11-yard catch and three-yard run...during late fourth-quarter game-winning drive, had had consecutive catches of 19 and 14 yards to take Bolts from their own 34 to Chiefs’ 33...scored career-best eighth touchdown of season to give Bolts 24-0 lead in 37-14 win over N.Y. Giants Dec. 8...scored team’s first TD on five-yard run in Jan. 5 wild card playoff win at Cincinnati...first career postseason rushing score.

2012: Had 30-yard game-winning touchdown run called back due to penalty in 20-18 loss to Arizona Sept. 16...late third-down catch (20 yards) set up game-tying field goal in Oct. 21 overtime win vs. New York Jets...first-career multi-touchdown game with one score rushing and one receiving Nov. 11 vs. Buffalo...season-high 61 yards rushing and two touchdowns Dec. 16 vs. San Francisco.

2011: Two-point conversion runs vs. Chargers Sept. 18 and Buffalo Jan. 1...lone touchdown of season (10 yard run) in Dec. 18 win vs. Denver...four-yard touchdown catch vs. New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

2010: Began season with Jets and waived day after Sept. 13 Monday Night Football season opener vs. Baltimore...ended season with New England and named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team...ranked fourth in NFL with average of 7.1 yards per touch from scrimmage...first-career start and first-career game as Patriot Sept. 26 vs. Buffalo...scored on 22-yard run for hand in 38-30 win over Bills...caught first touchdown pass (11 yards) for 27-14 lead in Oct. 4 win at Miami...first-career 100-yard receiving game with 104 yards, including career-long 50-yard catch, on four catches in 45-3 win over Jets Dec. 6...season-high 125 scrimmage yards in Dec. 26 win over Bills...led Patriots in rushing while making first-career playoff start Jan. 16 vs. Jets.

2009: Spent first five weeks of season on Jets’ practice squad...first-career game Oct. 18 at Buffalo...season-high 52 scrimmage yards, including season-long 24-yard catch, in Dec. 13 win at Tampa Bay.

2008: Injured knee during training camp and spent entire season on “Reserve-Injured” list.

COLLEGE: Associated Press Little All-America...four-time first-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and three-time RMAC Offensive Player of Year...Academic All-America... second in NCAA history with 9,749 all-purpose yards and 654 career points...NCAA-record 2,756 rush yards as junior in 2006...played at Chadron State from 2005-08...math eduction major.

PERSONAL: Born in North Platte, Neb....Nebraska Gatorade Player of Year at North Platte High...all-state and 2003-04 High School Male Athlete of Year by Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star...set Class A state records with 4,891 career yards and 76 touchdowns...led North Platte to one state final and two state semifinal games...averaged 26 points per game in basketball to lead state as senior.

Running back Danny Woodhead proved to be a jack-of-all-trades in his first year with the Chargers.

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.

Woodhead has always been a popular NFL player but his popularity reached new heights last year when Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway was photographed walking her dog in Los Angeles, while sporting a replica of Woodhead’s No. 39 Chargers jersey.

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.

Despite a record-breaking college career, Woodhead did not receive an invitation to participate at the 2008 NFL Combine. Instead he took part in a Pro Day on the University of Nebraska campus and posted a 40-yard dash time that would’ve been among the fastest at the Combine. Still, when the 2008 NFL Draft rolled around, all seven rounds came and went without Woodhead hearing his name called and he ended up signing a free agent contract with the New York Jets. Woodhead suffered a knee injury in training camp and spent his entire rookie year on the “Reserve-Injured” list. He returned in 2009 and played sparingly for the Jets, but in 2010 he was released after the first game of the season. It didn’t take long for the rival New England Patriots to scoop up the Nebraska native and his career quickly hit an upswing. Woodhead played in 14 games for the Patriots and averaged a team-record 5.64 yards per carry for a squad that reached the AFC Divisional Playoffs. A year later, Woodhead helped the Patriots to a 13-3 regular season that culminated with a date with the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. And in 2012, he helped New England to a 12-4 mark and a trip to the AFC Championship Game.Woodhead seemed destined to play football from early childhood. As a child, he drew numbers on the backs of his cowboys and Indians and he held make believe games in his bedroom. Looking for a bigger field, he even once drew a football field in the middle of the family’s living room with a green marker. By fourth grade, he became a ball boy at North Platte High, where his dad, Mark, was an assistant coach.

Their family is extremely close. Woodhead was homeschooled until the ninth grade and his parents still live in North Platte, where Mark is now a school teacher and high school girls basketball coach. Both of his parents also attended Chadron State and Mark played wide receiver for the Eagles in the late 1970s. Danny and Ben roomed together at Chadron and they later served as the best men in each other’s weddings. All of the men in the Woodhead family go by the nickname “Woody,” except for Mark, who goes by “Big Woody.” They all enjoy playing golf and Danny, a scratch player, is the family’s best. Mom, Annette, is extremely devout and to this day she still sends Danny scriptures prior to each of his games.

Woodhead and his wife, Stacia, have two children, daughter, Gia Grace, and son, Will Daniel.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with New York Jets as undrafted rookie, May 2, 2008...waived Sept. 6, 2009...re-signed to Jets’ practice squad, Sept. 9...signed to Jets’ active roster, Oct. 17...re-signed with Jets, Jan. 25, 2010...waived Sept. 14...signed with New England, Sept. 18, 2010...contract expired March 12, 2013... signed with Chargers, March 21.

2013: USA Today All-Joe...career-best two touchdown catches (26 and 13 yards) in 30-21 Sept. 29 win over Dallas...26-yarder to open game was careerlong TD catch...five-yard shovel pass for touchdown Oct. 6 at Oakland was third TD in two games...two-yard touchdown run Oct. 20 at Jacksonville was first score in 24-6 victory...led team and tied season high with nine catches Nov. 3 at Washington...appeared to score game-winning TD on six-yard catch and-run with 29 seconds left in game as he dove and appeared to glance pylon, but call was overturned by instant replay and Chargers settled for field goal that sent game into overtime...set new career high with fourth touchdown catch of season (7 yards) Nov. 10 vs. Denver...tied career high with sixth and seventh touchdowns of season in 41-38 win at Kansas City Nov. 24...scored on 11-yard catch and three-yard run...during late fourth-quarter game-winning drive, had had consecutive catches of 19 and 14 yards to take Bolts from their own 34 to Chiefs’ 33...scored career-best eighth touchdown of season to give Bolts 24-0 lead in 37-14 win over N.Y. Giants Dec. 8...scored team’s first TD on five-yard run in Jan. 5 wild card playoff win at Cincinnati...first career postseason rushing score.

2012: Had 30-yard game-winning touchdown run called back due to penalty in 20-18 loss to Arizona Sept. 16...late third-down catch (20 yards) set up game-tying field goal in Oct. 21 overtime win vs. New York Jets...first-career multi-touchdown game with one score rushing and one receiving Nov. 11 vs. Buffalo...season-high 61 yards rushing and two touchdowns Dec. 16 vs. San Francisco.

2011: Two-point conversion runs vs. Chargers Sept. 18 and Buffalo Jan. 1...lone touchdown of season (10 yard run) in Dec. 18 win vs. Denver...four-yard touchdown catch vs. New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

2010: Began season with Jets and waived day after Sept. 13 Monday Night Football season opener vs. Baltimore...ended season with New England and named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team...ranked fourth in NFL with average of 7.1 yards per touch from scrimmage...first-career start and first-career game as Patriot Sept. 26 vs. Buffalo...scored on 22-yard run for hand in 38-30 win over Bills...caught first touchdown pass (11 yards) for 27-14 lead in Oct. 4 win at Miami...first-career 100-yard receiving game with 104 yards, including career-long 50-yard catch, on four catches in 45-3 win over Jets Dec. 6...season-high 125 scrimmage yards in Dec. 26 win over Bills...led Patriots in rushing while making first-career playoff start Jan. 16 vs. Jets.

2009: Spent first five weeks of season on Jets’ practice squad...first-career game Oct. 18 at Buffalo...season-high 52 scrimmage yards, including season-long 24-yard catch, in Dec. 13 win at Tampa Bay.

2008: Injured knee during training camp and spent entire season on “Reserve-Injured” list.

COLLEGE:  Associated Press Little All-America...four-time first-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and three-time RMAC Offensive Player of Year...Academic All-America... second in NCAA history with 9,749 all-purpose yards and 654 career points...NCAA-record 2,756 rush yards as junior in 2006...played at Chadron State from 2005-08...math eduction major.

PERSONAL: Born in North Platte, Neb....Nebraska Gatorade Player of Year at North Platte High...all-state and 2003-04 High School Male Athlete of Year by Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star...set Class A state records with 4,891 career yards and 76 touchdowns...led North Platte to one state final and two state semifinal games...averaged 26 points per game in basketball to lead state as senior.

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