Danny Woodhead transitioned into a golf career just four years prior to his NFL career. Image: AP
I find it amazing and crazy at the same time when an athlete can play two sports, let alone one, and get better in a relatively short period of time than many people who make a living doing it.
Former NFL running back is one qualifier away from making the U.S. Open
Former NFL running back Danny Woodhead, 37, retired from the league four years ago and switched to golf. Now at 5-foot-8, the Nebraska native is just one step away from qualifying for the US Open in Brookline, Massachusetts in June.
Woodhead, who needs to finish in the top 10 total points in all section events to advance, told the Omaha World-Herald that he has been "creeping" in the sport since he retired from football.
"Only four years, but it was a lot of hard work. ... I got to take a look at the last four games in state last year. I always want to be my best. That's my whole goal. We'll see what happens, but over the next month I will work hard to prepare for the sections and see what happens," said Woodhead.
Granted, not everyone can afford to try golf in their 30s, but really? four years? Was that all it took? I've been playing for a few decades and I still suck. That doesn't surprise Woodhead, though, as he's been a fitness fanatic since high school.
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He holds the Nebraska state high school rushing yardage record and holds 21 Division II college football records, including the mark for most all-purpose rushing yards in a season (3,159) and a career (9,480). ), most 200-yard rushing games (19 of his 44 total appearances at Chadron State), and most consecutive games to a touchdown (38).
(Of the 3 million reasons why it's illegal to say Bill Callahan's name in my house, his refusal to give Woodhead a scholarship to Nebraska is in the top 3. The coach who's been calling a bunch of screens doesn't you will see the value of local talent/future professional all-rounder during his brief stint as Huskers coach as Marlon Fucking Lucky was unforgivable then and is unforgivable now given Woodhead's career progress. Fuck you Bill Callahan. Honestly, Fuck off.)
Where was it? Oh right, Woodhead is one of the greatest sports athletes to have turned to golfers in recent years to transition from the course or space to the tee. Tony Romo made it to the qualifying section in 2010 but hasn't been back since. He was forced to withdraw from the competition after weather delayed the tournament due to scheduling conflicts with the Cowboys' OTAs.
North Carolina A&T Academic Athlete of the Year JR Smith picked up the game throughout his NBA career and has doubled since he retired. He also takes advantage of NIL offers, why the hell not?
John Smoltz actually made it to the senior US Open done. He didn't do well, but the occasional competition with older professionals due to the lack of competition in his life requires a level of coordination and athleticism that few people can relate to.
We'll see how Woodhead fares during the qualifiers in his section, as the competition will be much better. When he returns to the New England area as a pro in June, it's going to be a fun story for the first few days as I'm sure the Patriot fan favorite rushed for 2,238 yards and received 2,698 yards as a pro and gets instant hugs from the crowd. . ...and missed the cut, because let's face it, that's where this run ends, if that's where it starts.
Regardless of whether he qualifies for the US Open, it's another incredible, but not quite as shocking, development in the life of the product from North Platte, Nebraska, and a reminder that most professional athletes with a little dedication are probably better at any sport. that like 95 percent of normal people.