John Henderson (defensive tackle)

John Nathan Henderson (born January 9, 1979), nicknamed Big John or Big Hen, is a former football defensive tackle who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Tennessee and was a two-time consensus All-American. The Jacksonville Jaguars chose him in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he was selected for the Pro Bowl twice.

John Henderson
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Henderson with the Raiders in 2011
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Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:January 9, 1979 (age 40)
Nashville, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
High school:Nashville (TN) Pearl Cohn
NFL Draft:2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:489
Forced fumbles:8
Fumble recoveries:5
Pass deflections:45
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Henderson was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Pearl Cohn Comprehensive High School in Nashville, where he played defensive tackle and tight end for the Pearl Cohn Firebirds high school football team. His teams won back-to-back state championships during his junior and senior years. He was named All-State as a junior when he had 145 tackles and 15 sacks, along with 37 catches for 470 yards and 9 touchdowns. As a senior, he finished with 150 tackles and 2 sacks, to go with 45 catches for 560 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also selected as a High School All-American by Parade magazine, USA Today, Blue Chip Illustrated, National Recruiting Advisor, and Super Prep. He was ranked as the 7th best high school player in The Sporting News Top 100 and was ranked 1st in the state of Tennessee by the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Henderson also was named All-State in basketball.[1]

College career

While attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Henderson played for coach Phillip Fulmer's Tennessee Volunteers football team from 1998 to 2001. At Tennessee, he lined up at left defensive tackle next to Albert Haynesworth. He played in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, 2000 Cotton Bowl Classic, and 2001 Citrus Bowl. As a sophomore, Henderson recorded 43 tackles and four sacks in seven starts. As a junior, Henderson recorded 71 tackles (21 for a loss) and 12 sacks. He won the Outland Trophy as college football's top interior lineman and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2000, having received first-team honors from the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, Football News, CNN/SI, and[2] After finishing with 48 tackles (nine for a loss) and 4.5 sacks in 10 starts, Henderson was again recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a senior in 2001.[2] He finished his college career with 165 tackles (130 solo and 39 for loss) and 20.5 sacks (5th in school history), seven pass deflections, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.

Professional career

Jacksonville Jaguars

Henderson was the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round pick (9th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft. He finished his rookie season with 53 tackles (44 solo), 6.5 sacks, 6 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble in 16 games (13 starts). In 2003, he had 56 tackles (45 solo and 13 for loss), 3.5 sacks, 7 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, and 33 quarterback pressures in 16 starts. In 2004, he finished with 75 tackles (62 solo and 5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, 4 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery, and 39 QB pressures in 16 starts and was selected to his first Pro Bowl. In 2005, Henderson had 70 tackles (52 solo and 4 for loss), 3 sacks, 7 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, and 20 QB pressures in 16 games (15 starts). He also started in the Jaguars' lone playoff game and recorded 5 tackles and 1 sack. On March 21, 2006, Henderson signed a new 6 year, $34 million contract extension with the Jaguars through 2011. The contract also contains $13.4 million guaranteed.[3] Henderson responded with 51 tackles (38 solo and 6 for loss), 3.5 sacks, 6 pass deflections, and 7 QB pressures, as well as his 2nd Pro Bowl selection. He was also named an AP 2nd Team All-Pro. He was filmed by the NFL Network getting pumped up for a game by having a team trainer slap him in the face.[4] In 2007, Henderson finished with 38 tackles (28 solo), 2 sacks, 3 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble, and 13 QB pressures in 15 starts, marking the first time in his career he did not play all 16 games. Henderson started both playoff games for the Jaguars, finishing with 9 tackles and 2 sacks. In March 2008, Henderson's good friend and fellow defensive tackle Marcus Stroud was traded to the Buffalo Bills. Henderson finished the 2008 season with 44 tackles (34 solo), 2 sacks, and 2 pass deflections in 14 games. In the 2009 offseason, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio was critical of Henderson for pulling out of OTAs, claiming he was faking a shoulder injury to avoid having to participate. Although many believed Henderson would be released, he met privately with Del Rio and claimed that he had "bought in". Henderson finished the 2009 season with 36 tackles (26 solo), 3 sacks, 3 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles.

Henderson was released by the Jaguars on April 26, 2010.[5]

Oakland Raiders

On June 11, 2010, Henderson signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.[6] On February 24, 2011, he signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Raiders. Following the 2011 season, he was released on March 14, 2012.[7]

NFL statistics

2002 JAX 16 53 44 9 6.5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2003 JAX 16 56 45 11 3.5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
2004 JAX 16 75 62 13 5.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2005 JAX 16 70 52 18 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
2006 JAX 16 51 38 13 3.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2007 JAX 15 38 28 10 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2008 JAX 14 44 34 10 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2009 JAX 15 36 26 10 3.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2010 OAK 9 30 24 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2011 OAK 13 36 25 11 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Career 146 489 378 111 29.0 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 45


  • Glossary
    • GP: Games played
    • TACK: Total tackles
    • SOLO: Solo tackles
    • AST: Assisted tackles
    • SACK: Sacks
    • FF: Forced fumbles
    • FR: Fumble recoveries
    • YDS: Fumbles recovered yards
    • TD: Fumbles returned for touchdowns
    • INT: Interceptions
    • YDS: Interceptions returned yards
    • LNG: Longest interception return
    • TD: Interceptions returned for touchdowns
    • PD: Passes defended

Personal life

Henderson is married to Aleviar Henderson and has two sons and two daughters.

In 2007, Henderson opened a clothing store in Jacksonville called "4 Big Men by Big Hen" that sold big and tall clothing.[9] However, the store was later closed.

In 2013, Henderson opened a restaurant in Jacksonville called "Big John's Crumpy's Wings & Things". The menu features whole wings, burgers and a large selection of southern fare. However, the restaurant closed in 2015. The franchise hails from Memphis, Tennessee.


  1. ^ Jaguars 2009 Media Guide Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  3. ^ Yahoo Sports: Jaguars sign DT Henderson to six-year extension
  4. ^ YouTube: John Henderson's pregame warmup
  5. ^ ESPN: Jacksonville Jaguars release former Pro Bowl defensive tackle John Henderson
  6. ^ "Source: Henderson to sign with Raiders," ESPN (June 11, 2010). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Associated Press, "John Henderson, Cooper Carlisle cut," ESPN (March 14, 2012). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  8. ^ "John Henderson Stats". ESPN Internet Vnetures. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  9. ^ The Florida Times-Union: Talented Gates will gest safeties

External links

2000 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 2000 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. Phillip Fulmer was the head coach and led the Volunteers to an appearance in the 2001 Cotton Bowl Classic.

2002 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the team's eighth year in the National Football League. The team finished with a record of 6–10 and finished 3rd place in the AFC South, missing the playoffs. The team's head coach was Tom Coughlin. This was Mark Brunell's final full season as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, and it was also Coughlin's final year coaching the team.

Henderson (surname)

Henderson is a common Scottish surname. The name is derived from patronymic form of the name Hendry, which is a Scottish form of Henry. Some Hendersons also derive their name from Henryson.The surname Henderson is borne by numerous unrelated families in Scotland. For example, the Hendersons of Fordell, in Fife, were the chief Lowland family of the name. This family descended from a family of Henrysons, from Dumfriesshire. A branch of Clan Gunn also bears the name. According to tradition, this family descends from Henry Gunn, a younger son of a chief of the Gunns who lived in the 15th century. The Hendersons of Glencoe derive their surname from the Gaelic MacEanruig.

The surname was unknown in England prior to the 17th century and is first mentioned in a marriage document between one of the Borders Hendersons and the daughter of a Carlisle merchant at Hexham. The surname is rendered in Scottish Gaelic as: MacEanraig or MacEanruig (masculine), and NicEanraig or NicEanruig (feminine).

Jacksonville Jaguars draft history

This page is a list of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Draft selections. The first draft the Jaguars participated in was 1995, in which they made offensive tackle Tony Boselli of USC their first-ever selection.

List of Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft picks

The Jacksonville Jaguars joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1995 as an expansion team, along with the Carolina Panthers. Their first selection in the NFL draft as a team was Tony Boselli, an offensive tackle from the University of Southern California (USC). The team's most recent first round selection was Taven Bryan, a defensive tackle from University of Florida.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Jaguars have never selected the number one overall pick in the draft, but they have selected the second overall pick three times. The team has selected five players in the first round from the University of Florida, two each from the University of Southern California and the University of Tennessee.

Tennessee Volunteers football

The Tennessee Volunteers football program (variously called "Tennessee", "Vols", "UT") represents the University of Tennessee (UT) in the sport of American football. The Volunteers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

The Vols have played football for 121 seasons, starting in 1891; their combined record of 833–383–53 ranks them twelfth on the list of all-time win-loss percentage records .677 and ninth on by-victories list for college football programs as well as second on the all-time win/loss list of SEC programs 390–253–33 .601. Their all-time ranking in bowl appearances is third (52) and sixth in all-time bowl victories (28), most notably four Sugar Bowls, three Cotton Bowls, an Orange Bowl, and a Fiesta Bowl. They have won 16 conference championships and six national titles in their history and their last national championship was in the 1998 college football season.

The Vols play at Neyland Stadium, where Tennessee has an all-time winning record of 464 games, the highest home-field total in college football history for any school in the nation at its current home venue. Additionally, its 102,455 seat capacity makes Neyland the nation's fifth largest stadium.

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