North Platte native nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

Danny Woodhead (2021)
Danny Woodhead (2021)(KNOP)
Published: Jun. 6, 2023 at 3:58 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - North Platte High School Graduate Danny Woodhead is among the finalists for the 2024 College Football Hall of Fame. Seventy-eight players and nine coaches are on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, released this week by the National Football Foundation. Also, there are 101 players and 32 coaches from lower divisions of college football up for consideration.

During his time as a Bulldog at North Platte High, Woodhead was a three-sport star.

Woodhead won a pair of Harlan Hill trophies and set Division II records as a member of the Chadron State Football Team from 2004-2007. Additionally, Woodhead was a Three-Time First Team All-American finishing his college football career with over 7,000 rushing yards. Woodhead was a three-time RMAC Offensive Player of the Year leading the Eagles to two RMAC titles and consecutive 12-win seasons in 2006 and 2007.

Despite not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Woodhead signed with the New York Jets in 2008 as an undrafted free agent. Woodhead was a member of the New York Jets until joining their division rival New England Patriots in 2011 making an appearance with the team in Super Bowl XLVI. Woodhead spent time with NFL Franchises but ultimately retired in 2018 after 10 seasons in the league.

The criteria for Hall of Fame consideration for coaches include:

  • A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head football coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.
  • Nominations may only be submitted by the current athletics director, head coach or sports information director (SID) of a potential candidate’s collegiate institution. Nominations may also be submitted by the president/executive director of a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.

The 2024 Hall of Fame class will be chosen by the National Football Foundation’s Honors Court and announced in January. Induction into the Atlanta-based hall is the following December.