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Erin Henderson
MLB #50
Height:
6-3
Weight:
244
College:
Maryland
Hometown:
Aberdeen, MD
Experience:
6
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 64 288 187 101 8.5 0 8 2 0 19 -- 10
2013 MIN 14 112 69 43 4 -- 3 2 0 19 9.5 10
2012 MIN 14 80 50 30 3 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2011 MIN 15 70 44 26 1.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2010 MIN 9 7 6 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 MIN 2 4 4 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 MIN 10 15 14 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2008 (10/0, 1/0), 2009 (2/0), 2010 (9/0), 2011 (15/11), 2012 (14/10, 1/1). Total-50/21, 2/1.

  • • Regular starter at WLB in 2011 and 2012, set career-high with 112 tackles in 2012.
  • • Started alongside older brother, EJ, during 2011 for the 1st time in their football careers. The Henderson brothers had not been high school or collegiate teammates.

OFF THE FIELD Capped a lifelong affection for big cats by joining with National Geographic Foundation in 2013 offseason, visiting their offices in Washington, DC and pledging a donation for the Foundation’s Big Cats Initiative...Earned degree in communications prior to the start of his rookie season, completing his coursework in less than 4 years...Aspires to a career in broadcasting...Regular guest and guest host on Vikings flagship radio station KFAN with play-by-play voice Paul Allen...Works closely with brother E.J.’s Urban Youth Outreach program and E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation...Married in spring 2012 to Maleah, the couple has a son, Lennox...Active with supporting patients with Sickle Cell Anemia and charities to benefit sufferers through his Foundation 50.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2008 (10/0, 1/0), 2009 (2/0), 2010 (9/0), 2011 (15/11), 2012 (14/10, 1/1). Total-50/21, 2/1.

  • • Regular starter at WLB in 2011 and 2012, set career-high with 112 tackles in 2012.
  • • Started alongside older brother, EJ, during 2011 for the 1st time in their football careers. The Henderson brothers had not been high school or collegiate teammates.

OFF THE FIELD Capped a lifelong affection for big cats by joining with National Geographic Foundation in 2013 offseason, visiting their offices in Washington, DC and pledging a donation for the Foundation’s Big Cats Initiative...Earned degree in communications prior to the start of his rookie season, completing his coursework in less than 4 years...Aspires to a career in broadcasting...Regular guest and guest host on Vikings flagship radio station KFAN with play-by-play voice Paul Allen...Works closely with brother E.J.’s Urban Youth Outreach program and E.J. Henderson Youth Foundation...Married in spring 2012 to Maleah, the couple has a son, Lennox...Active with supporting patients with Sickle Cell Anemia and charities to benefit sufferers through his Foundation 50.

PRO Ranked 4th on team for 2nd straight season in 2012, posting a career-best 112 tackles...Had career-high 3.0 sacks in 2012...Had impressive 1st season as starter in 2011, ranking 4th on team with 91 tackles...Started 1st career game in 2011 opener at San Diego (9/11/11), starting alongside older brother, EJ, for the 1st time in their football careers...Steady contributor on special teams during rookie year, ranked 4th on team with 11 stops...Joined S Husain Abdullah and T Drew Radovich as the only 2009 rookie free agents to make the 53-man roster following preseason...Entered NFL Draft following junior season.

2012 Had most productive season of his career, setting career-highs with 112 tackles, 3.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss...Started 1st career playoff game in Wild Card round at Green Bay (1/5/13)...Notched 4 games with 10+ tackles...Had career-high 13 tackles in back-to-back games to start the season...Posted a sack in each of the opening 2 games, vs. Jacksovnille (9/9) and at Indianapolis (9/16), adding a 3rd sack at St. Louis (12/16)...Missed 2 games with injury, vs. San Francisco (9/30) and at Detroit (9/30).

2011 Made debut as a starter, opening 11 of his 15 games played...Started alongside older brother, LB E.J., for the 1st time in their football careers...Ranked 4th on team with 91 tackles and 3rd among Vikings LBs...Notched 1st career sack in 1st career start at San Diego (9/11), catching Philip Rivers...Shared a sack of Josh McCown vs. Chicago (1/1/12)...Notched career-best 11 tackles in 1st win of the season vs. Arizona (10/9) and followed up with consecutive 10-tackle games at Chicago (10/16) and vs. Green Bay (10/23)...Had 49 tackles and 3 TFLs in a 5-game span during the month of October.

2010 Saw time in 9 games, filling in at LB and excelling on special teams...Recovered a Ricky Williams fumble vs. Miami (9/19) forced by his brother, E.J...Posted 5 special teams tackles in opening 5 games of the season.

2009 Played in a pair of games in 2009 on special teams...Had season-best 3 special teams tackles and led team vs. Cincinnati (12/13)....Saw 1st action of the season at Green Bay (11/1) and notched a pair of special teams stops.

2008 Ranked 4th on team with 11 stops on the coverage units despite playing in only 10 games...Posted season-best 4 special teams tackles at Jacksonville (11/23)...Saw most action on defense of the season at Arizona (12/14) where he had 3 tackles...Forced a fumble at Tennessee (9/28).

COLLEGE  Helped team to Emerald Bowl in 2007 and Champs Sports Bowl in 2006...Led ACC in tackles in 2007 and ranked 9th in the nation...Earned Honorable Mention All-America from Pro Football Weekly, Rivals.com, SI.com and College Football News in 2007...Entered junior season as a Playboy Preseason All-America...Had career-best 18 tackles vs. Virginia in 2007...Earned 2nd-Team All-ACC as a sophomore...Scored TD on a 45-yard INT return at Virginia for the game-winning points...Injured knee in 2005 fall camp and was sidelined for the season...Redshirted in 2004, coming to campus as a QB before moving to LB midway through the fall.

PREP  Standout QB and LB led Aberdeen High to 1st state championship with 12-1 record as a senior...Named Baltimore Sun Player of the Year as a senior...All-State as a junior and senior...Competed in basketball and track, winning county title in hoops.

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