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Danny Woodhead puts God first in completing decade long NFL career

Danny Woodhead announced his retirement from the NFL late Friday Night on social media.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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“God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long But now, it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome!”

Woodhead had 4,936 total yards with 32 career touchdowns in his nine NFL seasons with the Jets, Patriots, Chargers and Ravens.

Danny was a member of the 2011 New England Patriots team that won the AFC and in Super Bowl XLVI, Woodhead caught a 4-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady in their 21-17 loss to the Giants.

Woodhead’s best season came in 2015 with San Diego when he led all running backs with 755 receiving yards and almost 1,100 yards from scrimmage.

Woodhead finished his career in Baltimore, where he signed a 3-year deal in 2017, but was only able to play one injury-riddled season.

Danny has shared his testimony with the Rock Church in San Diego back in 2015.

“All these so-called struggles, that’s what I keep going back to, ‘ok Lord, I can trust you, I surrender,'” Woodhead told pastor Miles McPherson. “Whatever you’re doing, I’m cool with, I’m going to be cool with because I surrender. I’m just going to try and live that. It’s a daily process but I’m doing it. When it’s all said and done, I got Him and that’s all I need.”

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