Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014 AT 9:07 AM / Updated at 8:54 PM
An NFL player in the midst
Mike Patterson Omaha World-Herald

Yes, that was San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead watching Tuesday night’s District A-1 girls basketball game between North Platte and Lincoln Southeast.

He was at Bellevue West that night to cheer for the Bulldogs, who are coached by his father Mark. Danny blended in well with the crowd, wearing a gray stocking cap and sipping a blue Gatorade.

“My dad has supported me his whole life,” Danny said. “It’s the least I can do.”

His hair is longer, but Woodhead looked about the same as I remember him back in his playing days at North Platte. And if you saw him sitting in the stands, you probably wouldn’t picture the 5-8, 200-pounder as an NFL player.

But that’s a tribute to Woodhead, who has spent much of his playing career at all levels proving everyone wrong.

After playing for the New York Jets (one season) and New England (three seasons), the 29-year-old Woodhead signed a two-year deal in 2013 with San Diego.

“It’s a great organization,” he said. “And it’s nice and warm out there.”

Unfortunately for the Woodheads, North Platte’s season came to an end Tuesday night in a three-point loss to the Knights.

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Mike Patterson is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska high school sports. You can follow Mike on Twitter (@mpattersonOWH) or email him at