Shades of the Brad Paisley Song

Former New England Patriots Running Back Danny Woodhead has always shown nothing but class.

Like many aspiring footballers who grew in Nebraska, it was always Danny's dream to play football at Nebraska.  But standing at a meager 5'7," the running back has always fought against the idea that he was too small to play in the big game.

He didn't get to play at Division I Nebraska.  Instead, he spent his career at nearby Division II Chadron State.

While there, he was able to set several NCAA college football rushing records like the single season and all-time rushing records. He was also awarded the Harlon Hill Trophy in both 2006 & 2007 (an award given to the best player NCAA Division II.)

In 2008, Danny joined the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent.  He joined the New England Patriots in 2010 where his career exploded. When he arrived in Foxboro, he filmed a comedic, self deprecating Modell's commercial that still cracks me up (video below....)

Today, Danny calls the San Diego Chargers his home.  He took it upon himself to reflect on his career and deciding to publish a letter he wrote to his 18 year old self.

 

He acknowledged the idea that he wasn't happy to be playing college football where he ended up........

......I know it still stings. But if there’s one thing I know about you it’s that when you get knocked down, you don’t stay down for long. Now, as you begin your freshman year of college football, the only thing greater than the disappointment of not getting a scholarship offer to play at Nebraska is your excitement to join your older brother, Ben, and follow in your father’s footsteps at Division II Chadron State College.

 

When one door to college football closed, God pushed another one open.....

Read the full letter HERE