FOXBORO — Danny Woodhead has been around the Patriots-Jets rivalry
since his first days in the NFL.
Woodhead, who went undrafted out of Chadron State in 2008, linked
on with the Jets, his first NFL team, and debuted for them in 2009. He didn't
see a snap during the Jets' showdowns with the Patriots that season, but was able
to understand the tense and competitive atmosphere within the games.
After a little over a season in New York, though, Woodhead
was released and decided to move to the other side of the rivalry in New
England. His fortunes with the Patriots have been far better, too, as he's
damaged the Jets with his versatility in each of the three games he's played
"It's a huge game," Woodhead said of Sunday's
Now, having seen the rivalry from both sides, too, Woodhead
draws comparisons to the sort of emotional battles he faced during his college
years against rival Nebraska-Kearney.
"That would have been Kearney-Nebraska. They were the
only other, pretty much the only other Nebraska team we played," Woodhead
said of his college rivals. "I guess we might have had another one, one or
two years. But it was a big rivalry because we played them for a long
During his four years at Chadron State, Woodhead split the
series with Kearney. But the hope is that there won't be any split with the
Jets this season.
Check out more of what Woodhead had to say about the rivalry
and his college days in the video above.