January 8, 1983|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||256 lb (116 kg)|
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Eric Charles Henderson (born January 8, 1983) is a former American football defensive end. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Georgia Tech.
While playing for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team, Henderson set a Georgia Tech record with 59.5 tackles-for-loss (TFL), and he ranks fourth in school history in sacks (25). He had a breakout sophomore season in 2003, starting all 13 games and earning first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors with 11 sacks and 24 TFL. He earned second-team All-ACC nods as both a junior and a senior. As a senior, he led the team with six sacks, despite missing four games with an ankle injury, and caused four fumbles on those sacks. He helped the Tech defense rank in the Top 25 nationally in seven categories in 2005, and he was a key performer as Tech upset No. 3 Miami Hurricanes football team, holding the Hurricanes to 30 yards rushing. In his first game back from his ankle injury in 2005, he played a key role in a 10-9 win over Clemson and was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the third time in his career. He played four seasons at Tech (2002–05), with a redshirt year in 2001. On January 21, 2006, he played in East-West Shrine Game in San Antonio, Texas.
Eric Henderson measure 6-1⅞ and 270 pounds and bench-pressed 225 pound 30 times and ran a 4.73 forty-yard dash. He has a 430-pound bench press and a 32-inch vertical leap to his credit.
Henderson missed seven games with injuries over his final two seasons at Georgia Tech, hurting his chances of being drafted, but he signed with the Bengals on May 9, 2006 as college free agent. He was waived on September 2, 2006 and then signed September 4 to the Bengals practice squad where he spent the full season.
Henderson played in all four preseason games in 2006, recording five total tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. Henderson did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2006 because he was not on an NFL 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list, or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games. On January 2, 2007, he was signed to Bengals offseason roster.
Henderson spent the first seven weeks if the 2008 season on the Bengals' practice squad. He was signed to the active roster on October 24 after fullback Reagan Maui'a was placed on injured reserve. On December 10, Henderson was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury. He finished the 2008 season with two tackles in two games.
The Bengals released Henderson on April 27, 2009.
Following his NFL career, Henderson spent three seasons (2009-11) with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, helping the team win a pair of League championships.
In 2012, Henderson segued into coaching as a defensive assistant at Georgia Military College, where he worked with the outside linebackers and secondary. Henderson helped coach the Bulldogs to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl. In 2013, Henderson moved on to Oklahoma State where he spent two seasons (2013-14) as a graduate assistant and a third (2015) as a defensive quality control coach. During his three years in Stillwater, the Cowboys went 27-12 and made three bowl appearances. Henderson helped tutor defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, who earned All-America accolades; was named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, and was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft (32nd overall) by the Cleveland Browns. Henderson spent the 2016 season as the defensive line coach at Texas-San Antonio. The Roadrunners went 6-6 during the regular season before facing New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Eric Henderson served his first season as the Chargers assistant defensive line coach in 2017.