CATCHING UP WITH DANIEL WOODRUFF '17

CATCHING UP WITH DANIEL WOODRUFF '17

What were some key reasons you decided to attend Guilford?

I decided to come to Guilford because of the prestigious education.  I knew I would be getting a well-regarded degree that would benefit me when I graduated. I also wanted to help put Guilford’s football team back on the map and help continue the success the men’s basketball team was already having.

What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as a student at Guilford?

The atmosphere and culture of the school allowed me to be myself and not have to worry about being judged.

What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as an athlete at Guilford?

I realized if you fall in love with the process of becoming great, the success will come.

What have you been up to since you left Guilford?

Since I’ve left Guilford, I attended a private NFL regional combine in New Orleans. I played professional arena-league football with the Triangle Torch and Carolina Cobras. I’ve also been working at Global Brands Group since 2016. I started working in tax accounting and now I’m in procurement. I’ve also started a sports nutrition, health, and wellness business called DW Performance. 

How has Guilford prepared you for where you are today?

Guilford prepared me by introducing me to the diversity among cultures and by allowing me to step out of the bubble I grew up in. This enabled me to network with different individuals. By doing these things at Guilford it helped me get comfortable with being uncomfortable, which has helped me grow tremendously in character and integrity.

What about your experience as a Guilford student-athlete has helped you the most?

What helped me the most was learning the value of hard work and effort. It didn’t matter if I was in a classroom or practice, the word effort was used.

What do you miss most about Guilford?

I miss the community and all the friends I made while I was there. Also, I miss Saturday “game day” from the team meal, getting dressed, playing in front of the fans, and interacting with them afterward. Those are memories that will last forever.

What are your future plans?

My plan is to move fully into entrepreneurship and soon be able to give back to Guilford the way it gave to me.

What is one thing a high school student-athlete considering college needs to know?

One thing I would tell a high school student-athlete is to make the most out of it because four years go by fast. It’s a pivotal part in your life where you start to learn independence. You make connections and have experiences that will benefit you after you graduate.

Identify and describe one or two of your favorite moments or experiences while at Guilford. 

My favorite moment was getting milk and cookies on football road trips. The coaches would deliver them to our rooms for every away game. It helped me sleep and be ready for the game the next day.

- Daniel Woodruff '17