Spring 2021 Magazine

Ex-NFL RB Danny Woodhead named to Nebraska Football Hall of Fame

Four months after retiring from the NFL, Danny Woodhead is headed to the Hall of Fame.

The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, that is.

As Evan Bland reported for the Omaha World-Herald, the former running back is among six players who will be inducted for representing Nebraska on the gridiron. Woodhead, of course, never played for the Huskers, but he was a two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner for the state’s Division-II Chadron State before a 10-year NFL career.

“As celebrated as any Nebraska athlete,” Bland noted, Woodhead went undrafted entering the pros despite winning “Division II’s version of the Heisman.” But he lasted another decade as a change-of-pace back for the New York Jets, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens, totaling 32 touchdowns, 300 catches and almost 5,000 yards from scrimmage during his 10 years in the league.

Woodhead is set to be honored with a dinner on the Nebraska campus Sept. 14, per Bland, and will also be introduced before the Huskers’ game against Troy the following day.

Upon retiring this offseason, the 5-foot-8, 196-pound back used his platform to proclaim his Christian faith, saying, “God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte” and that “without Him, my career wouldn’t have been possible.”

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