Danny Woodhead has had a remarkable 12 months.
You’ll recall that Woodhead became one of the stars of last season’s "Hard Knocks" -- he played the role of the small underdog who impresses the coaches and, out of nowhere, has a tiny chance to actually make the team -- and though he ultimately goy cut, the Patriots soon grabbed him.
The Jets wanted David Clowney instead of Woodhead, and the main reason New England signed Woodhead is because Kevin Faulk was injured. At first, we thought the Patriots signed Woodhead simply because he could share secrets about what was happening at Jets camp, but soon enough, it became apparent that he could play -- and play well -- in the NFL.
By the end of the season, he had gained 926 yards of total offense and scored five touchdowns.
And now … well, now … Woodhead is set to become a big star.
As the Sports Business Daily points out, Woodhead has signed a national endorsement deal with the shoe-maker Skechers.
From the Skechers release:
“SKECHERS USA Inc., a global leader in the footwear industry and the number two athletic footwear brand in the United States, today announced that it has signed a two-year marketing agreement with New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead to endorse the SKECHERS Fitness footwear collection. The football star will represent the company’s high performance footwear and apparel lines in worldwide multiple-medium marketing campaign.
Woodhead’s endorsement will include two product lines that he will use to prepare for the upcoming NFL season: SKECHERS Resistance ProSpeed running shoes and ProTR training shoes, SKECHERS Fitness styles designed with the ground-breaking SmartShoe mid-foot strike technology for serious athletes and active enthusiasts.
“From the moment I tried the new SKECHERS Resistance products, I could feel a difference in the way my body responded during training,” said Woodhead. “The new Resistance footwear is lightweight, yet continues to challenge your muscles, and provide support and cushioning. I’m excited to wear SKECHERS and enhance my training regimen with this revolutionary new footwear.”
Funny, there was no mention of David Clowney at all in that release.
Of course, Woodhead, as seen in the video below, already has proven he’s quite a sports apparel salesman.
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