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Danny Woodhead stayed ready for NFL call

Patriots RB Danny Woodhead was not content to be dismissed as the little guy who thought he could. He wouldn't settle for a coach's assessment that 60 years ago he would have been a Hall of Famer, back when players had day jobs and carpooled to training camp. Woodhead stayed ready. For the call that came late, for the trade and for the shot that finally arrived.

Updated: January 25, 2011, 11:27 AM ET
By Jane McManus

Before we get to the story of Danny Woodhead absolutely ripping through his old Jets teammates for over 100 passing yards in front of a national audience on "Monday Night Football", before the abashed Patriots running back stood at a podium after a 45-3 win and declared his loyalty to clam chowder and foghorns while the guys he once called brothers licked their wounds down the hall, you should know how he got there.

He was always a longshot in the NFL, which is why it's so easy to ...

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