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Woodhead, at left, and Enderle in the Charger's training camp locker room.

The San Diego Chargers reunited two North Platte High school football players on July 31 when they signed former NPHS and University of Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle, pairing him with fellow NPHS graduate Danny Woodhead.

Enderle is now with his fourth team in the National Football League.

He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round in 2011.

After one season as a backup in the Windy City, Enderle was released but picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars in July 2012, but was released a couple of weeks before the season.

In January, Enderle signed with the Tennessee Titans but was released July 24.

The Chargers signed him a week later.

In San Diego, Enderle will battle against rookie Brad Sorensen of Southern Utah, a seventh-round draft pick, for a spot on the final roster for the regular season.

Philip Rivers, who will enter his 10th season with the team, is the incumbent Charger quarterback. Veteran Charlie Whitehurst is expected to be his backup.

Woodhead signed with the Chargers in March after three solid seasons with the New England Patriots.

The mighty Woodhead will be one of three running backs that San Diego is expected to use heavily this season, along with Ryan Mathews and Ronnie Brown.

Woodhead’s speed and versatility helped make him a fan favorite in New England, and his attributes should complement the size and power of Mathews and Brown, who weigh in at 220 and 230 pounds, respectively.

Woodhead has also reportedly developed some good chemistry with Rivers since signing with the Chargers.

Woodhead and Enderle graduated from NPHS two years apart. Woodhead was a 2004 graduate and Enderle graduated in 2006.

In Woodhead’s senior season, Enderle served as the backup quarterback to his older brother, Derek.

The next season, Enderle took the reigns as starting quarterback as a junior. That season was the last in the storied career of head coach Bob Zohner and is also the last time North Platte has qualified for the state playoffs.

Enderle’s older brother, Derek, graduated with Woodhead. He had quarterbacked the Bulldogs to two straight appearances in the state semifinals in 2002 and 2003.

In college, Nathan Enderle was a four-year starting quarterback for the Idaho Vandals.

As a junior he led the Vandals to an 8-5 season and a thrilling come-from-behind win in the Humanitarian Bowl, 43-42 over Bowling Green.

This report was first published Aug. 14 in the Bulletin's print edition.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/22/2013
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