Danny Woodhead

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

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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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.

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Report: Patriots reach out to Danny Woodhead

Report: Patriots reach out to Danny Woodhead

Get excited, Pats fans. They might sign that old player everyone loved. 

Woodhead finishing his career in New England would be a feel-good story, though there are obvious factors that make its logic questionable. For one, Woodhead would be redundant given that the Pats have James White and the recently re-upped Rex Burkhead. Furthermore, Woodhead is 33 and has been limited to 10 games by injury over the last two seasons. 

Woodhead played three seasons for the Patriots before signing with the Chargers in 2013. After four seasons in San Diego, Woodhead played one season with the Ravens before being released this week. 

Ravens to release ex-Patriots running back Danny Woodhead

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Ravens to release ex-Patriots running back Danny Woodhead

One former Patriot is about to become a free agent. 

According to Ian Rapoport, the Ravens will release 33-year-old running back Danny Woodhead. 

Woodhead played three seasons for the Pats from 2010 to 2013. He then spent four seasons with the Chargers before signing with the Ravens prior to last season. No stranger to injuries, he played in only 10 games over the last two seasons. Woodhead totaled just 256 total yards for the Ravens over eight games.