Monday, November 26, 2007

Does Anyone Remember Drew Henson?

This struck me as amazing. I was watching the 10 ten draft busts for the NFL on one of the ESPN Networks and #1 was Ryan Leaf. I had no idea he was so bad, winning his first 2 starts before getting hammered and flipping out the next 3 years. However, I remembered there was this one player who was supposed to be the BIGGEST star out of college and he was just a flop and seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth. But, I couldn't remember his name and it bothered me! My brother said it was Drew Brees, but Brees is still playing and the guy I'm thinking of isn't. Then, a week later his name popped in my head: Drew Henson.

I remember recently Drew Henson was supposed to be the biggest star out of college, but he wasn't. I was curious to see where he was now and this is what I found from Wikipedia.

Henson played professional baseball for the Columbus Clippers, then the AAA affiliate of the Yankees, during the next two years, but only had 9 at-bats in the majors. In 2004, he chose to give up baseball and return to football, joining the Dallas Cowboys after they traded their third round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for Henson's services.[2]

On Thanksgiving Day 2004, Henson started his first game for Dallas. Henson went 4-12 for 31 passing yards in the first half before leaving the game with the score tied at seven. Head coach Bill Parcells opted to insert veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde and the team went on to win the game 21-7. In 2005, Henson had a poor training camp showing and landed third on the depth chart behind Drew Bledsoe and Tony Romo.

After the 2005 campaign, Parcells announced that Drew Henson would be allocated to NFL Europe league to work on his skills. In 2006, Henson was assigned to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, where he almost led them to the World Bowl only to finish third behind the Frankfurt Galaxy and the Amsterdam Admirals. On August 23, 2006, Parcells stated that Henson would not be on the Cowboys 2006 roster. With Bledsoe as the starter, and Romo having had a strong preseason, Parcells was not inclined to keep Henson on the roster. His official status was unclear until August 24, when he was officially released. Having cleared waivers, Henson was free to sign with any NFL team. On September 27, Henson signed on to the practice squad of the Minnesota Vikings, but was then released on October 10. He was signed again by the Minnesota Vikings on December 6, 2006.

On March 15, 2007, Henson signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[3] However, he was cut from the team during training camp August 27, 2007. Despite falling short in Minnesota, Henson continues to pursue an NFL career. According to, Henson tried out for the Jacksonville Jaguars in late October 2007 because of an injury to quarterback David Garrard, but the Jaguars instead signed Todd Bouman to a one-year contract.

So, he decided to play baseball first, but was never given a chance. Then, he went to the Cowboys, but was never given a chance there because Bill and Vinny have a long history together and Romo was making his rise. I was wrong though. Henson didn't drop off the face of the Earth, just the face of America. That's why he disappeared. He went to play in Europe and was never signed again on an American team. Anyway, at least my curiosity about Drew Henson has been satisfied. You guys can rest.

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