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File:Devery Henderson at SB XLIV victory parade.jpg
Henderson at the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV victory parade in New Orleans
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Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-03-26) March 26, 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Career information
High school: Opelousas (LA)
College: LSU
NFL draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
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Receptions: 245
Receiving Yards: 4,377
Receiving TDs: 20
Stats at NFL.com

Devery Vaughn Henderson, Jr. (born March 26, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver who spent 9 seasons with the New Orleans Saints of the NFL . The Louisiana-born Henderson went to LSU where he and the Tigers won the 2004 BCS National Championship Game for the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. A few months later, the New Orleans Saints selected Henderson in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Henderson was part of the Saints' 2009 team that won Super Bowl XLIV.

Early years

Henderson grew up in Opelousas, Louisiana, and attended Opelousas High School where he was a star for their highly rated track team. He attended LSU on a track scholarship and made the football team after a tryout.

College career

The highlight of his career at LSU came on November 9, 2002. Henderson caught the famed "Bluegrass Miracle" pass from Marcus Randall to help defeat the Kentucky Wildcats, 33–30.[1] The "Bluegrass Miracle" also won an ESPY award the following year for "Best Play."[2] Henderson accepted the award on behalf of the LSU Tigers.

In 2002, Henderson recorded 23 catches for 447 yards with 8 touchdowns, carving out a role as a deep threat. Henderson was part of LSU's 2003 BCS National Championship team during his senior season. That year he was named on the All-SEC Second Team after racking up 11 touchdowns and 861 yards on 53 receptions.[3]

Track and field

Henderson was also a track star at Louisiana State University, where he was member of LSU's national champion track, member of LSU's NCAA-qualifying 4 × 100 metres relay team and also a member of LSU's 2001 National Champion Indoor Track and Field team. In his sophomore season, he ran the second-fastest 60-meter time in school history, with a time of 6.72 seconds.

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.72 Lexington, Kentucky February 24, 2001
100 meters 10.40 Los Angeles, California March 24, 2001
200 meters 21.06 Columbia, Missouri May 11, 2001
400 meters 45.99 Athens, Georgia April 20, 2002

Professional career

2004 NFL Combine

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Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP<th>Wonderlic</th>
6 ft 0 in 198 lb 4.36 s 4.21 s 6.74 s 35½ in <td align="center">x</td>

New Orleans Saints

Henderson was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round with the 50th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft.[5]

Henderson benefited from the regime change in New Orleans after his rookie year, as the 2006 season saw Aaron Brooks give way to Drew Brees at quarterback and Sean Payton replace Jim Haslett as head coach. His statistics improved over those of his rookie season — most notably in receptions (22 vs. 32), total yards (343 vs. 745), yards per catch (15.6 vs. 23.3), longest catch (66 vs. 76), and touchdowns (3 vs. 5).

On November 5, 2006, Devery had his best day as a professional in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, catching 3 passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. Henderson had 158 receiving yards on 5 catches, including a 76-yard touchdown, against the Atlanta Falcons on November 26, 2006. On December 10, 2006, Henderson caught two passes from Drew Brees for 92 yards and one touchdown, as the Saints defeated the Dallas Cowboys 42–17 on NBC Sunday Night Football.

On March 2, 2009, Henderson re-signed with the Saints. The Saints went to the Super Bowl that year and Henderson had 7 catches for 63 yards en route to the Saints defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.[6]

On September 18, 2011, Henderson had a touchdown catch for 79 yards. On October 8, 2012, he caught a touchdown pass from Drew Brees to break Johnny Unitas's record of 47 straight games with a touchdown pass in the Saints' 31-24 win over the San Diego Chargers.[7]

As of Week 17 of the 2012 NFL Season, Henderson averages nearly 18 yards per catch (17.9625), which is the highest among all active receivers for yards per catch with 200+ catches.[8]

After the Saints' 2012 season ended with a 7–9 record, Henderson became a free agent.

Washington Redskins

Henderson signed with the Washington Redskins on June 12, 2013.[9][10] He was released on August 14, 2013.[11]

Career statistics

Year
<center> Team <center> G <center> Rec <center> Yards <center> AVG <center> LG <center> TD
2005 NO 15 22 343 15.6 66 3
2006 NO 13 32 745 23.3 76 5
2007 NO 16 20 409 20.5 54 3
2008 NO 16 32 793 24.8 84 3
2009 NO 16 51 804 15.8 75 2
2010 NO 16 34 464 13.6 57 1
2011 NO 16 32 503 15.7 79 2
2012 NO 15 22 316 14.4 41 1
Career -- 123 245 4377 17.9 84 20

References

  1. ^ "Deflected 'Hail Mary' wins game for LSU". ESPN. November 9, 2002. 
  2. ^ "The ESPY Awards 2003 nominees". ESPN. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Devery Henderson Bio". LSU Sports. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Devery Henderson, Pro Scout Draft.com
  5. ^ "2004 - ROUND 2". NFL. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Saints overcome early deficit, stop Colts late to seal victory". ESPN. February 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Drew Brees' record-breaking TD pass was a play Chase Daniel knew would work". NOLA. October 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Devery Henderson on Saints' first victory". NFL Network. October 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Jones, Mike (June 12, 2013). "Redskins waive DE Worthington and TE Peterson, add WR Henderson, K Potter". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  10. ^ Tinsman, Brian (June 12, 2013). "Stallworth, Henderson Add Veteran Depth". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  11. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (August 14, 2013). "Devery Henderson released by Washington Redskins". NFL.com. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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