NFL’s Ellie Woods fires off the ball at her new fireplace
SHELENE WOODS: It was the first time she’d ever put the wood burner on, and the first thing I did was open it up.
Then I took the lid off and it went up in flames.
I’ve never seen that before, and it’s amazing to me.
I remember looking at it and saying, I’ve got to get this done.
And I said, OK, I’ll get it done.
The whole thing started going down and down.
And then it just kept going, burning itself out.
I had to put the lid on again and get the stove going.
And that was a couple months ago, and I had it going for another couple months.
And, you know, I’m still waiting to get my first game.
But it’s a great way to celebrate this amazing accomplishment.
The NFL announced Wednesday that Woodley had joined the NFL Players Association as its new executive director.
The news came as Woodley, who is coming off a season in which she had a record-breaking 12 touchdowns, recorded her best season in terms of rushing yards and touchdowns.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Woodley set a career high with 1,946 rushing yards, which was the most ever by a single player in a season by a player with 10 or more touchdowns.
She also had her career high in receiving yards, receiving yards per game (6.4), touchdown receptions (22), rushing yards (1,851), total touchdowns (63), touchdowns scored (11), total rushing yards per contest (5.7), touchdowns in a game (29) and yards per carry (5:26).
She became the first player since Jerry Rice in 2007 to win both the MVP and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
“It’s an honor to be able to be part of such an amazing organization,” Woodley said in a statement.
“I am thrilled to join the NFLPA and I look forward to helping to build an organization that supports players and fans in every way possible.
I look to the future with great hope and optimism.”
Woodley joins a growing list of NFL players joining the ranks of the union, including former Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles and Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, who was released by the NFL last month.