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Erin Henderson (born July 1, 1986) is a former American football inside linebacker that played in National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Maryland.

Erin Henderson
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Henderson in 2016
No. 50, 58
Position:Inside Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1986-07-01) July 1, 1986 (age 33)
Aberdeen, Maryland
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Aberdeen (MD)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC (2006)
  • First-team All-ACC (2007)
  • Butkus Award semifinalist (2007)
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:354
Forced fumbles:8
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Henderson was born and raised in Aberdeen, Maryland. He played quarterback and linebacker for Aberdeen High School in Harford County, Maryland and won the first state football championship in school history.

College careerEdit

After redshirting his freshman year with the Terrapins, Henderson missed the entire 2005 season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament.

Henderson entered his redshirt sophomore year in 2006 at Maryland and started 12 of 13 games at linebacker. Henderson finished the season with 114 total tackles, 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. Henderson returned an interception for a TD in a close 28-26 victory at Virginia on October 14, 2006. Henderson had a season high 17 total tackles at Clemson on April 11, 2006. He earned second team all-ACC honors while finishing 2nd in the conference in total tackles.

As a redshirt junior in 2007, Henderson recorded 133 total tackles,[1] a forced fumble, 4 fumble recoveries, and an interception. Henderson had a season high and career high 18 total tackles versus Virginia on October 20, 2007. Henderson was a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus Award, which went to James Laurinaitis of Ohio State. He led a 6–6 Maryland squad to the 2007 Emerald Bowl, where they lost to Oregon State.

Professional careerEdit

Minnesota VikingsEdit

During his rookie year, he played in 10 games and finished with 15 tackles. He mostly played on special teams and saw limited time on defense.

Henderson played in two regular season games for the Vikings in 2009, recording four tackles. He was suspended four games by the NFL on December 15, 2009, for violation of league's banned substances policy.[2] Henderson won the starting job at weak-side linebacker at the start of the 2011 season.

Set to become an unrestricted free agent for the 2013 season, Henderson re-signed with the Vikings for a two-year contract.[3] In the first regular-season game of 2013 against the Lions, Henderson recorded his first interceptions and got 11 tackles and 1 pass deflection.

He was released from the Vikings on February 7, 2014, after two suspected DUI arrests.[4]

New York JetsEdit

After being out of the league in 2014, Henderson signed with the New York Jets on April 8, 2015.[5] On March 23, 2016, the Jets signed Henderson to a two-year contract for $3.1 million. On October 22, 2016, he was placed on the Reserve/Non Football Illness list.[6]

On February 25, 2017, the Jets declined Henderson's option, making him a free agent.[7]

After footballEdit

Henderson became a substitute eighth-grade math teacher.[8] He also volunteers as an assistant football coach at his former high school, Aberdeen.

Personal lifeEdit

In March 2012, Henderson married his longtime girlfriend Maleah Flint in an elaborate ceremony in Atlanta, GA. Together they share their only child, a son named Lennox. Henderson is the younger brother of former linebacker E. J. Henderson. They both played college football at Maryland.

Henderson was arrested on suspicion of DUI in November 2013 and again January 1, 2014.[9][10]

Henderson was charged with a DWI and possession of ten grams of marijuana on February 27, 2014 after being released from the Vikings earlier that month.[11][12] On May 7, 2014, he was sentenced to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to the latter DWI charge.[13]


On September 29, 2017, it was announced that Henderson filed a lawsuit against the New York Jets for failing to accommodate his disability with his bipolar disorder and wrongful termination, which cost him more than $3 million.[14]


  1. ^ Murray, Ken (April 28, 2008). "Draft call never comes for Henderson, others". Retrieved January 17, 2009.
  2. ^ Twitter / VikingUpdate: #Vikings LB Erin Henderson
  3. ^ Pelissero, Tom (March 12, 2013). "Vikings re-sign linebacker Erin Henderson to two-year deal". Archived from the original on March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Gantt, Darin (February 7, 2014). "Vikings release Erin Henderson after two arrests". Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  5. ^ Lange, Randy (April 8, 2015). "LB Erin Henderson Signs with Jets". New York Jets. Archived from the original on April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  6. ^ Allen, Eric (October 22, 2016). "Jets Promote LBs Ochi & Stanford to Roster".
  7. ^ Slater, Darryl (February 25, 2017). "Jets cut ties with Erin Henderson, who landed on non-football injury list last season".
  8. ^ Cimini, Rich (October 5, 2017). "Linebacker in exile: Ex-Jet Erin Henderson returns home to rebuild life". Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Minnesota Vikings' Erin Henderson arrested on DWI charge
  10. ^ Pelissero, Tom (January 2, 2014). "Vikings linebacker drove off road before DUI arrest". Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  11. ^ Alper, Josh (February 28, 2014). "Erin Henderson faces four charges for first of two DUI arrests". Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Former Viking Erin Henderson Charged With DWI, Drug Possession". February 27, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "Ex-Viking Henderson Gets Probation After Pleading Guilty To DWI". May 7, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  14. ^ "Erin Henderson files suit against Jets for wrongful termination". September 29, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2019.

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