In celebration of the 40th anniversary of NCAA Division II, former Chadron State running back Danny Woodhead, now a member of the New England Patriots, has been selected as one of 48 former student-athletes to be honored as a member of the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team.
The tribute team highlights one male and one female student-athlete from each of Division II’s 23 current conferences, plus two at-large nominees.
In 2004, Woodhead rushed for 1,840 yards as a true freshman. In 2005, Woodhead carried the ball 278 times for 1,769 yards, 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. Including the playoffs, his rushing yards in 2006 totaled 2,756.
Woodhead accumulated 7,441 yards on the ground, for his career, giving him a career average of 190.8 yards per game. He 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. He was also a Woodhead was a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, winning the award in both 2006 and 2007.