Henton attended Troy State University, Troy, Alabama where he majored in Business Administration. He was chosen Gulf South Conference Freshmen of the Year in 1982 while playing nose guard, before finishing his college career as outside linebacker. Made All-Gulf South Conference Linebacker in 1984. During his four years at Troy he had 87 tackles, 118 assist, 11 sacks and 7 broken passes.
Henton was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ninth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. During his first season in Pittsburgh Henton was voted as the Steelers Defensive Rookie of the Year and honored with the prestigious "Mean Joe Greene Award". He played three seasons for the Steelers at linebacker. In 1991 Henton was drafted by the Sacramento Surge becoming the first pick in the first round for the World League Of American Football (WLAF). During the 1992 season Henton former college coach, Chan Gailey went into negotiations with the Surge to bring Henton back home to Birmingham where he finished his career as a Professional Football Player.