San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is known for his athleticism and versatility on the field, performing in many different roles and situations. Three seasons with the New England Patriots solidified him as a dangerous hybrid threat.
Woodhead demonstrated last week that he’s more versatile than people might realize — he also has a decent golf game. He put his skills to the test along with Husker legend Eric Crouch and golfers Hale Irwin and Fred Funk in an exhibition on Wednesday at the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club. That’s where we caught up with Woodhead, an all-stater at North Platte and an All-American at Chadron State who lives in the Omaha area during the offseason.
Q: How has your time been with the Chargers? Any major differences from the Patriots?
A: I think you just go out and approach every day differently, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m not sure if there are any huge differences, but I’m not looking for any differences.
Q: What’s it like to come in with a head coach, Mike McCoy, who is also new to the team?
A: The coaching staff is obviously great. That’s why they’re there. It’s been fun to work with them the small time we’ve had, and I’m definitely looking forward to working with them more.
Q: How does Philip Rivers compare to Tom Brady?
A: It’s not something that I do, compare players. I don’t think that’s fair any way you look at it. I had three good years with Tom, and hopefully I can have some good years with Phil. He’s an unbelievable teammate and a great leader.
Q: Will you have your hybrid role like you did in New England, or are you focusing on any facet of the game in particular?
A: That’ll be defined later on down the road. I haven’t played a down of San Diego Charger football, so it’s hard to really say. All roles every year are defined during camp and later on.
Q: What’s the importance of an event like the U.S. Senior Open coming to Omaha?
A: It’s an awesome, awesome deal, obviously, for Nebraska and for Omaha. It’s exciting to have a major, major event like this. I think Nebraskans will come out, and I think everyone will represent our state well.
Q: What’s more nerve-racking, the football field or hitting golf balls out here?
A: I mean, this isn’t my livelihood. It’s not my job, so I’d definitely say that football is. If I come out here and shank one or dribble it off the range, everyone just expects that.
Q: Any favorites?
A: I don’t really have any people that I know, like really talk to. But I’m looking forward to watching Hale (Irwin) and Freddie (Funk) and also Freddie Couples. It’s fun to see world-class athletes do what they do.
Q: You were able to show a bit of your golf skills (on Wednesday), but how well would you perform against these guys if you had a full round?
A: I think they would probably beat me into the ground, but I’d enjoy every minute being able to play a round.