Lost in all the shuffle of another successful minicamp for the Washington Redskins earlier this month, was the signing of Super Bowl winning wide receiver Devery Henderson.
Henderson comes to our Nation’s Capital after spending the last 12 years in Louisiana (eight with the New Orleans Saints and four at LSU).
After having 14 screws and two plates put in his arm after sustaining a devastating injury at the end of his junior season, some questioned whether his playing days were numbered.
In 2003, however, no one in the Bayou remembered the way his third year ended.
The Tigers secured their first National Championship in 45 years—a feat that would have never been reached if it weren’t for Henderson. On the season, the receiver recorded a school record 11 touchdown catches.
Winning championships and having his named etched into record books didn’t stop in Baton Rouge, though.
In Week 5 of the 2012 regular season, Henderson was on the receiving end of one of the most prestigious records in NFL history.
Not only did that touchdown catch help the Saints snap a four-game losing streak (the first of which came against the Redskins), it ensured the eight-year pro a touchdown catch in every season since coming into the league.
In a draft that was spoiled with highly touted receivers, the Saints selected Henderson with the 50th overall pick. The 2003 Second Team All-SEC receiver was the eight wideout selected in the annual extravaganza.
In his first career game at home against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, Henderson proved that bright lights on the big stage didn’t scare him. Despite losing to Big Blue, Henderson accumulated 42 yards on three catches (14.0 YPC).
Henderson would finish his debut campaign with 22 catches for 343 yards (15.6 YPC) and three touchdowns. What happened during his second year, though, proved that he was going to be a great player in the NFL for years to come.
During a three game span in the heart of the 2006 season, Henderson lit up opposing secondaries. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons he recorded 16 catches for 438 yards and three touchdowns. His nine catches against the Falcons remains a career-high.
Going into the 2009 season, the Saints were picked by few to win the NFC South due to a combination of finishing last in the division the year prior and the simple fact that the Panthers (14-2) and Falcons (11-5) were coming off playoff seasons.
New Orleans, however, did more than just win the division—they won their first Super Bowl behind a franchise record 13 regular season victories and a top-five passing attack (4,355 yards). Henderson, would record a career-high 804 yards on the season and a Super Bowl XLVI-high seven catches.
Currently, Henderson has the highest YPC of any receiver in NFL history with at least 200 catches.
For his career, Henderson has amassed 245 catches for 4,377 yards and 20 touchdowns.
As the offseason slowly starts to come to its conclusion, keep an eye on Henderson and the receiving core.
It certainly never hurt to add another record-holding weapon to Robert Griffin III’s arsenal.
Also be sure to check out this gallery of the top-12 images of his career to help you get acquainted with one of the newest Redskins.
Hail to the Redskins!
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