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Danny Woodhead
No. 83     New York Jets
Wide receiver / Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: January 25, 1985 (1985-01-25) (age 24)
Place of birth: North Platte, Nebraska
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Chadron State
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2009 for the New York Jets
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Receptions     2
Receiving yards     23
Rushing yards     25
Rushing average     6.3
Total TDs     0
Stats at

Danny Woodhead (born January 25, 1985 in North Platte, Nebraska) is an American football running back /wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent Running back in 2008. He played college football at Chadron State.

Woodhead set several NCAA college football rushing records, including single season rushing and all-time rushing. In 2006 and 2007, he won the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded to the best player in NCAA Division II, making him the third player to win the trophy twice in its history (the other players are Johnny Bailey and Dusty Bonner). On October 6, 2007, Woodhead became the NCAA all-time, all-division leading rusher. Woodhead held this record until it was broken by Mount Union College running back Nate Kmic on December 13, 2008..[1]


Early years

Woodhead played football at North Platte High School in North Platte, Nebraska, and broke many records. North Platte reached the state finals in 2001, with Woodhead's help after beating Millard North High School team 24-21. Woodhead blocked a field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter to give North Platte possession with only minutes left. North Platte's Ben Woodhead, Woodhead's older brother, threw a pass down field to set-up a game winning field goal by Jake McCarthy. However, North Platte went on to lose the state championship 28-14 to Millard West High School.

In Woodhead's junior season, his team went 8-1 in the regular season, and won two games in the playoffs before falling to Millard North in the semifinals.

Woodhead's senior season included a 9-0 run in the regular season. This was the first time a team had gone undefeated in the regular season in 40 years at North Platte. The team went on to beat Omaha North High School in the first round of the playoffs, Bellevue East in the second round, and finally lost to Millard North 21-7 in the semifinals for the second year in a row. Woodhead finished as Nebraska's Class A leading rusher, as well as Nebraska's Class A all-time leading rusher with 4,891 yards (2000 - 2003). North Platte High's quarterback that year, Derek Enderle, also finished as the state's leading passer. This marked the first time in North Platte's history that the football team finished with the state's leading passer and rusher in the same season.

Woodhead also ran track for a year and broke his school's 100 meter record at 10.5 seconds.

College career

In 2004, Woodhead began attending the Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. Where he rushed for 1,840 yards, as a true freshman.

In 2005, Woodhead carried the ball 278 times for 1,769, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, and 21 touchdowns. He also had 30 receptions for 367 yards, averaging 12.2 yards-per-reception.

In 2006, through 12 games, Woodhead rushed for 2,740 yards, a new all-division single season rushing record,[2] surpassing Kavin Gaillaird. Including the playoffs, his rushing yards in 2006 totaled 2,756. He also led his team to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2006, losing to Northwest Missouri State. Northwest Missouri State managed to hold Woodhead to a season low 16 yards rushing on 16 carries while giving up 79 yards receiving, which was more than double anyone on the Northwest Missouri team. Chadron also had 327 yards of total offense compared to Northwest Missouri State's 306.

Through 39 games, Woodhead’s equated 606 points equates to 15.5 points a game, the highest ever in NCAA Division II. Only Dan Pugh of Mount Union College, a Division III school in Ohio, with 248 points in 2002 and Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State with 234 in 1988, had ever scored more points in a season than Woodhead scored in 2006. However, in 2007 Abilene Christian University's Bernard Scott broke Woodhead's Division II record by scoring 39 touchdowns (234 points).

In 2007, Woodhead accumulated 7,441 yards on the ground, for his career, giving him a career average of 190.8 yards per game. He has rushed for more than 200 yards in 19 of his 39 appearances and scored in 37 consecutive games, both of which are NCAA all-division records.

After a 208 yard game against Western New Mexico in 2007, he became college football’s all-time leading rusher, breaking the record previously held by R.J. Bowers, who played for Grove City College, a Division III school in Pennsylvania from 1997 - 2000.[1] Woodhead is also just the sixth NCAA Division II player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four seasons.

He has also recorded 9,259 all purpose yards, which ranks second on the NCAA all-time list. Brian Westbrook (Villanova, 1997 - 2001) currently holds the record with 9,512 total yards of offense.

Woodhead is also tied with Germaine Race (Pittsburg State 2003 - 2006) for first place in Division II in career scoring with 654 points on 109 touchdowns. Race is also the all-time leader in two two-point conversions for 658 points. Woodhead is only the second player in collegiate history to score more than 100 touchdowns.

Barry Sanders is the only college player to accumulate more all-purpose yards than the 3,159 that Woodhead gained in 2006. Sanders managed 3,250 as a junior at Oklahoma State in 1988, when he won the Heisman Trophy. Woodhead ranked 10th in Division-II in career all-purpose yards with 7,349 after his junior season. The Division-II leader is Brian Shay of Emporia State with 9,301 yards, including 1,207 on kickoff returns, 1995 - 1998.

Woodhead was a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. He won the trophy in both 2006 and 2007.

There was some discussion among some Nebraskans as to whether or not Woodhead was recruited by the University of Nebraska. When interviewed, Woodhead stated that Nebraska never showed much interest in him and that he wanted to go somewhere where he was wanted. Chadron State showed a lot of interest in him, and that's where he ended up.[3] While at Chadron State, he majored in Math education.



Year Games Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg YPG TD Rec Yds Avg YPG TD
2004 10 284 1,840 6.5 184.0 25 16 163 10.2 16.3 2
2005 10 278 1,769 6.4 176.9 21 30 367 12.2 36.7 0
2006 13 344 2,756 8.0 212.0 34 45 403 9.0 31.0 4
2007 11 250 1,597 6.4 145.2 21 38 484 12.7 41.0 2
Career 44 1,135 7,871 6.9 183.0 101 119 1,388 11.7 32.3 8

Professional career


Woodhead did not receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine so he had to use his pro day to show his abilities. According to a report on, he ran the 40-yard dash in a time of 4.33 to 4.38 seconds which would have been the second-fastest among all running backs at the NFL Combine in March 2008. He posted the best pro-agility time of 4.03 seconds, the second-best vertical jump (38½ inches) and the best 60-yard shuttle time (11.2 seconds).

New York Jets

Woodhead went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft. However, he received a call from the New York Jets moments before the draft ended, about the two parties coming to an agreement on an undrafted rookie free agent contract. It was announced shortly after, that Woodhead had signed a deal with the organization.[4]

On July 26, 2008, Woodhead was waived/injured by the Jets after being carted off due to an injury. He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve.

Woodhead initially survived final cuts in September 2009, only to be waived a day later on September 6. He was re-signed to the Jets' practice squad on September 8.[5] In October, Woodhead was moved from running back to wide receiver. On October 17, Woodhead was signed to the active roster after Jerricho Cotchery and Brad Smith became injured.

Woodhead saw his first regular season action on October 25, 2009. In the 38-0 win vs the Oakland Raiders, Woodhead rushed three times for 24 yards.[6]


Woodhead's hobbies include painting with his father and two brothers, and occasionally a round of golf. His wife's name is Stacia, whom is an avid bowler.


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Danny Woodhead
No. 39     New England Patriots
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: January 25, 1985 (1985-01-25) (age 26)
Place of birth: North Platte, Nebraska
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Chadron State College
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2008 for the New York Jets
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Harlon Hill Trophy Winner (2006–2007

Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Rushing yards    611
Rushing average    5.5
Rushing touchdowns    5
Receptions    42
Receiving yards    466
Receiving touchdowns    1
Stats at

Danny Woodhead (born January 25, 1985 in North Platte, Nebraska) is an American Football running back for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Woodhead made his NFL debut with the New York Jets in 2008 and was signed by the New England Patriots on September 18, 2010.


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