E. J. Henderson

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E. J. Henderson
EJ Henderson TrainingCamp.jpg
E.J. Henderson at Vikings training camp, 2011
No. 56
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-08-03) August 3, 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth: Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Aberdeen (MD)
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40
Debuted in 2003 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 2011 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 752
Quarterback sacks 15.5
Interceptions 5
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Eric N. "E. J." Henderson (born August 3, 1980) is an American former football linebacker who played nine seasons for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Maryland, where he was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. Henderson was drafted by the Vikings in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Henderson was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.[1] He attended Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, Maryland, where he played high school football for the Aberdeen Eagles.

College career[edit]

Henderson accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Maryland, where he played for the Maryland Terrapins football team from 1999 to 2002. He holds three NCAA records: career total tackles per game (12.5), season unassisted tackles with 135 in 2002, and career unassisted tackles per game (8.8).[2] He was recognized twice as a first-team ACC selection (2001, 2002), twice as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2001, 2002), and twice as a consensus first-team All-American twice (2000, 2001).[3] As a junior in 2001, he was honored as the ACC Player of the Year. As a senior in 2002, he was the recipient of the Chuck Bednarik Award and Butkus Award, recognizing him as the best college defensive player and best college linebacker, respectively, in America. He was also selected as the defensive most valuable player in the Terrapins' 30–3 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2002 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On December 15, 2006, Henderson agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Vikings. The deal was reportedly worth over $25 million with $10 million guaranteed.

In April 2008, the Vikings signed Henderson's younger brother, Erin, as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland.

Henderson was placed on season-ending injured reserve after he dislocated multiple toes on October 6, 2008 in a game against the Tennessee Titans.

In Week 13 of the 2009 season, Henderson suffered a broken left femur during a game against the Arizona Cardinals. The injury occurred when his leg twisted violently as he was trying to tackle Tim Hightower and hit Jamarca Sanford's helmet. He was removed from the field on a motorized cart, accompanied by his younger brother and teammate Erin. Henderson stayed overnight in Phoenix for surgery, and missed the rest of the season.[4][5] He made a full recovery in time for 2010 training camp.[6] After what was described as a "remarkable recovery", Henderson was selected for the 2011 Pro Bowl.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Source: [1]

  Defense
Season Team GP TOT SOLO AST PD SACK FF INT
2003 Min 16 32 27 5 0 0.0 1 0
2004 Min 14 93 65 28 3 1.0 1 0
2005 Min 15 75 53 22 1 1.0 1 0
2006 Min 16 110 77 33 2 3.0 1 2
2007 Min 16 118 94 24 4 4.5 3 0
2008 Min 4 27 23 4 0 1.0 1 0
2009 Min 12 83 63 20 1 2.0 0 0
2010 Min 16 105 71 34 4 1.0 1 3
2011 Min 16 107 78 29 3 2.0 3 0
Total 125 749 550 199 18 15.5 12 5

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of fellow former Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson, who also played college football of the Maryland Terrapins.

References[edit]

  1. ^ E.J. Henderson NFL Football Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  2. ^ 2008 Division I Football Records Book, NCAA. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  3. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Koster, Kyle (December 6, 2009). "Vikings LB E.J. Henderson suffers brutal leg injury". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Henderson suffers broken leg". Sky Sports. December 7, 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Henderson: 'My leg is 100 percent'". FOX Sports North. 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  7. ^ "Vikes' E.J. Henderson joins NFC squad". ESPN.com. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 

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