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|Date of birth:February 13, 1980|
|Place of birth: San Diego, California|
|High school: Brighton (MI)|
|NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 6 / Pick: 192|
|Debuted in 2004 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Last played in 2008 for the Detroit Lions|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Drew Daniel Henson (born February 13, 1980) is a retired Major League Baseball third baseman and National Football League quarterback. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.
During his football career, Henson was a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. At the start of his baseball career, he was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round of the 1998 amateur draft and played for the organization during the 2002 and 2003 seasons until he retired from the sport in 2004.
Henson once attended Brighton High School in Brighton, Michigan, where he starred in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he completed 400 passes for 5,662 yards and 52 touchdowns in three seasons. As a sophomore defensive back, he added 47 tackles and five interceptions, and was also an excellent punter. In baseball, he hit a then national prep record 70 home runs, and was named the USA Today High School Player of the Year and the Gatorade High School Player of the Year.
Henson, during the recruiting process, was originally planning on committing to Florida State University, but decided against it when Chris Weinke decided to enroll at FSU after a brief stint in Minor League Baseball.
Henson instead attended the University of Michigan, where he served as a backup to starting quarterback Tom Brady during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. In 1998, Henson accumulated 21 completions on 47 pass attempts, good for 254 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He saw action in seven of Michigan's 13 games, including a win over #11 Arkansas in the Citrus Bowl.
In his sophomore season, Henson saw his number of pass attempts nearly double, throwing 90 times and completing 47 passes. He recorded 546 passing yards, along with three touchdowns and two interceptions in nine appearances. Henson would again see limited action when Michigan took on another bowl opponent with a higher ranking, #5 Alabama, in the Orange Bowl, and came out victorious with a 35–34 OT victory.
In 2000, Brady's career at Michigan had ended and Henson, now a junior, would serve as the Wolverines' starting quarterback for most of the season, appearing in nine of Michigan's 12 games and leading the team to a share of the Big Ten title. Henson would throw for a career-high 312 yards in a road defeat to #21 Northwestern, 54–51, but also tie a school record with four passing touchdowns. In the regular season finale, Henson led the #19 Wolverines to Columbus to take on #12 Ohio State and threw again for over 300 yards en route to a 38–26 win. For the third time in his career, Michigan and Henson would face a Southeastern Conference team when Michigan went on to play Auburn in the Citrus Bowl and for the third time, Michigan again emerged victorious, winning 31–28. Henson recorded 294 yards passing on just 15 completions to go with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Henson ended the season with 146 passes in 237 attempts for 2,146 yards, along with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions.
February 13, 1980 |
San Diego, California
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 5, 2002 for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 2003 for the New York Yankees|
Henson was selected in the third round with the 97th overall selection in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed a six year, $17 million contract to forgo the NFL and play exclusively for the Yankees. He began his minor league playing career with the Tampa Yankees, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. In his first year of playing, he batted .280 with 13 home runs. He began 2000 with Tampa, and after hitting .333, he was promoted to the AA Norwich Navigators and hit seven home runs before he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds with fellow prospects Jackson Melián and Ed Yarnall for Denny Neagle in 2000.
In 2001, he was traded back to the Yankees with Michael Coleman for Wily Mo Pena. However he struggled at the AAA level Columbus Clippers. He hit .234 over three seasons as the Clippers starting third baseman. His troubles were magnified by the fact that he was consistently booed by the hometown crowd, as Henson was a former Michigan quarterback playing in Columbus, the home city of their arch rival Ohio State. Frustrated by his lack of progress and in need of a third baseman at the major league level, the Yankees acquired Aaron Boone at the 2003 trading deadline. Yankees GM Brian Cashman took this opportunity to release a harshly worded statement regarding Henson's status within the organization.
|“||Drew Henson hasn't developed to the point where he is in consideration for the major-league side, By this move, we recognize there is a position of need for the organization and we can improve upon it now. The move for Aaron Boone speaks volumes as to where Drew Henson is in terms of his development at this time.||”|
Boone hit a pennant clinching home run against the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 postseason, but then injured his knee in a pickup basketball game during the offseason. The injury would keep him out for the entire 2004 season. Henson was then told by the Yankees that he had no chance to replace Boone at third base. With an opportunity looming in the NFL, Henson announced that he was leaving the Yankees. He was unable to negotiate on the buyout of the $12 million still left on his original contract, forcing him to forgo all of it.
Henson received a token call up with the Yankees in 2002, playing in only three games. He struck out in his only at-bat. In 2003 he played in five games for New York, going one for eight and scoring two runs. He ended his brief major league career with only one hit in nine at bats (a .111 average) before announcing his retirement.
After retiring from baseball, he returned to football in 2004, joining the Dallas Cowboys after they traded their third round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for Henson's services.
On Thanksgiving Day 2004, Henson started his first game for Dallas. Henson went 4–12 for 31 passing yards in the first half before leaving the game with the score tied at seven. Head coach Bill Parcells opted to insert veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde and the team went on to win the game 21–7. Henson finished the 2004 season with 10 of 18 pass attempts completed for 78 yards and one touchdown.
In 2005, Henson had a poor training camp showing and landed third on the depth chart behind Drew Bledsoe and Tony Romo. After the 2005 campaign, Parcells announced that Drew Henson would be allocated to NFL Europe league to work on his skills. In 2006, Henson was assigned to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, where he almost led them to the World Bowl only to finish third behind the Frankfurt Galaxy and the Amsterdam Admirals. On August 23, 2006, Parcells stated that Henson would not be on the Cowboys 2006 roster. With Bledsoe as the starter, and Romo having had a strong preseason, Parcells was not inclined to keep Henson on the roster. His official status was unclear until August 24, when he was officially released. Having cleared waivers, Henson was free to sign with any NFL team.
On March 15, 2007, Henson signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings. However, he was cut from the team during training camp August 27, 2007.
Henson was promoted to the active roster on October 12 when quarterback Jon Kitna was declared out for the team's Week 5 contest with an injury. The team released fullback Moran Norris to make room for Henson on the active roster.
Shortly after the signing of quarterback Daunte Culpepper, Henson was waived by the Lions on November 12 when the team claimed wide receiver Adam Jennings off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons. Henson was re-signed to the team's practice squad two days later. On November 24, Henson was signed to a two-year contract off the practice squad to become number 2 on the depth chart behind Daunte Culpepper. After relieving Culpepper in the 4th quarter of the 2008 Lions' Thanksgiving Day game, Henson was 1-for-2 passing, and fumbled on back-to-back plays. Culpepper also came out of a subsequent game for the final play of the fourth quarter where Henson stepped in and was sacked.
Henson was released by the Lions on April 28, 2009. According to the Detroit Free Press, Henson is now retired from professional sports.
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- "Drew Henson". MGoBlue.com. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
- "Football Record Book". MGoBlue.com. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
- "Henson property of Texans – but available". ESPN. 2004-02-02.
- "Vikings agree with Henson, will meet with Scott". ESPN. 2007-03-15.
- "QB Henson re-signed to Lions practice squad". USA Today. 2008-11-14.
- Career Football Stats from ESPN
- Drew Henson at Pro-Football-Reference.com
- Career statistics and player information from ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)