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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Woodhead connects with fans, Part I

By Mike Reiss

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Patriots running back Danny Woodhead's visit to ESPN headquarters today opened up a unique opportunity for readers of the Patriots blog, as Woodhead took time to answer questions submitted over the last 24 hours.

Some of the questions were answered in a video that will be posted on the site soon. Here are some more:

fer_palavicini -- What would you tell people on how to be successful when people don't believe in you?
"The main thing is just don't listen to them. Don't listen to what they say; that's how it's been my whole career. If I would have listened to people at any point in my career, I don't know if I would have been playing college football. Too many people said I couldn't do it."

91celtsfan91 -- What has it been like going from unknown player to a dynamic part of the Patriots' offense?
"It's been a lot of fun."

njabiles -- Have there been any organized player workouts at this point?
"Not as of yet. We would just be getting back around this point."

vikramb77 -- Can you provide insight on your mindset of overcoming obstacles?
"The main thing I try to do is help my team win, any way possible. I never worry about obstacles."

DNOMN8R3,14 -- How have you fought through challenges in your career?
"Same thing. I just love to play the game. I'm not going to get all hung up on what people say about me, or anything like that."

E-Money3412 -- How did you feel the first time you played the Jets?
"Shoot, I don't know. It was another game for me. I don't get too bothered by anything."

ewb618 -- Personal goals for the 2011 season?
"That's something I've never done. I don't set them."

WAD51980 -- Do you have any plans to join Twitter?
"I don't know. We'll see what happens. I don't know yet but I'm thinking about it."

Woodhead also appeared on two ESPN Radio programs on Tuesday. Here's a taste of what he said:

On ESPN Radio’s "The Scott Van Pelt Show" he was asked about being a small player in the NFL:
“I get stares, like, Really? Are you serious? And, “You’re a running back? You’re too small to be a running back.” and I say, “Come up with something different, I’ve heard that since freshman year in college.”


On ESPN Radio’s "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" he talked about becoming the Patriots “go to" guy:
"I just tried to work hard from that first week to learn the playbook and become a teammate. That was my goal. I don't know that I ever felt like I was the 'go to' guy. I felt like he just threw me the ball if I was open, but that's what he did really well. At least he knows my name now -- I always joke around with him about that (laughs)."

To see a photo gallery of Woodhead in the ESPN studios, click HERE.