Danny Woodhead, former NFL running back, close to qualifying for the US Open

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Former NFL player Danny Woodhead played golf to potentially qualify for the US Open in June.

The retired running back pulled an equal 71 from the Omaha Country Club earlier this week, a score good enough for him to advance to the sectional qualifiers which will take place between late May and early June.

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San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) catches a first half touchdown pass against Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) during their NFL football game in San Diego, Calif., September 29, 2013.

San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) catches a first half touchdown pass against Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) during their NFL football game in San Diego, Calif., September 29, 2013.
(REUTERS / Mike Blake)

If Woodhead’s 36-hole score is high enough, he will earn a seat in the 122nd US Open, which will be played June 16-19 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Fittingly, Brookline is located just over 20 miles from Foxborough Stadium in New England, home to the Patriots, the team where he has played two and a half of his ten NFL seasons.

Woodhead was one of five golfers to advance from a field of 84 players. His Wednesday round included four birdies, four bogeys and ten holes in which he shot at par.

New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead (39) dives for yardage in the first half of their NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tennessee on September 9, 2012.
(REUTERS / Harrison McClary)

Not bad for an underpowered former running back who amassed nearly 5,000 total yards and scored 32 touchdowns during his NFL career. Even more impressive when you consider that he is 5’8 ″ tall and has come out of little Chardon State.

When a Twitter user posted a video of Woodhead sinking a long putt during qualifying on Wednesday, the 37 years old he jokingly replied: “I look a bit silly here.”

New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead celebrates after his touchdown at the end of the second quarter during NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 5, 2012.

New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead celebrates after his touchdown at the end of the second quarter during NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 5, 2012.
(REUTERS / Matt Sullivan)

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This is far from accurate. If nothing else, Woodhead looked like he belonged on the Tour.