Former DT John Henderson has been named No. 10 on the Jaguars All-25, the club announced today. Jaguars All-25 is a collection of the top 25 non-active players in franchise history, as voted on by members of the local Jacksonville media.
“Thank you for making me an All-25 member of the Jaguars,” said Henderson. “I had an awesome time in Duval playing with my boys and playing for you guys, the fans, and I just want to thank you!”
Henderson, 6-7, 335, was originally selected by Jacksonville with the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. He went on to play eight seasons for the Jaguars, amassing 426 tackles, 29.0 sacks and eight forced fumbles in 124 career games for Jacksonville. He earned two Pro Bowl selections during his tenure with the Jaguars, first in 2004 after posting a career-high 75 tackles in 16 starts, and again in 2006 after making 51 tackles in 16 starts. Henderson’s 29.0 career sacks rank fourth in Jaguars history, while his 124 career appearances are second by a defensive lineman in team history, trailing only Rob Meier’s 138 career games played for Jacksonville.
“Just massive size with little bit of a mean streak,” said Mark Long, writer for the Associated Press and a Jaguars All-25 voter. “He had 29.0 sacks, a bunch of tackles, a bunch of tackles for a loss. I think he is fourth in franchise history in sacks. From the defensive tackle position, that’s unheard of. It’s Aaron Donald-esque, long before Aaron Donald.”
Henderson, who received national notoriety for his pregame prep routine which involved an athletic trainer slapping him in the face, went on to play two seasons for Oakland in 2010-11. The Nashville, Tenn. native played collegiately at the University of Tennessee from 1998-2001 and was a consensus All-America selection and earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2000 and 2001. While at Tennessee, he competed in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, 2000 Cotton Bowl Classic and 2001 Citrus Bowl. Henderson finished his collegiate career with 165 tackles and 20.5 sacks, ranking fifth in school history. Henderson and his wife, Aleviar, have two sons and two daughters. In 2019, he’ll continue co-hosting a show about the Jaguars, titled ‘The Teal 360.’
The Jaguars’ silver celebration kicked off in mid-March with the start of the new league year and the unveiling of the team’s 25th season commemorative logo designed to embody the spirit of DUUUVAL.
10. DT John Henderson (2002-09)
11. LB Paul Posluszny (2011-17)
12. LB Daryl Smith (2004-12)
13. C/G Brad Meester (2000-13)
14. RT Leon Searcy (1996-99)
15. LB Kevin Hardy (1996-2001)
16. SS Donovin Darius (1998-2006)
17.TE Kyle Brady (1999-2006)
18. G Vince Manuwai (2003-10)
19. LB Mike Peterson (2003-08)
20. CB Aaron Beasley (1996-2001)
21. K Josh Scobee (2004-14)
22. DT Gary Walker (1999-2001)
23. QB David Garrard (2002-10)
24. DE Joel Smeenge (1995-2000)
25. G Chris Naeole (2002-07)