A Good Sunday For The Hendersons

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 29, 2010 – 9:12 am

As we pulled into the team hotel at College Park, Maryland on the campus of the University of Maryland on Saturday night in advance of Sunday’s game against the Redskins, the bright lights of Byrd Stadium were in clear view. The Terrapins were taking on the North Carolina State Wolfpack in a key Atlantic Coast Conference battle.

I’m sure the scene brought back fond memories for a handful of Vikings players who attended the University of Maryland – TE Jeff Dugan, LBs E.J. and Erin Henderson and S Madieu Williams. Perhaps it also served as some inspiration for the Henderson brothers, because they both performed on Sunday at FedEx Field the same way they performed at Byrd Stadium on Saturdays several years ago – outstanding.

Erin, the younger Henderson brother, was on the active 45-man roster for the 5th time this season and was a key special teams player. He recorded 2 special teams tackles, including an impressive open-field stop of electric return man Brandon Banks on the game’s opening kickoff.

E.J. was the defensive player of the game, collecting 4 tackles – 1 of which came for a loss – and also grabbing an INT and registering a sack. The Redskins had thoughts of stringing together a quick drive in the final moments of the 2nd quarter to get a FG, but E.J. ended any chance of that by pressuring QB Donovan McNabb right up the middle and bringing him down for a 9-yard loss. Then later in the 3rd quarter with Washington on their own 5, Henderson came down with a tipped pass and set the offense up for a FG to give the Purple a 17-7 lead.

The sack by E.J. was his first since November 22 of last year and the INT gives him 3 for the season – he had 2 against the Cowboys in Week 6.

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5 Responses to “A Good Sunday For The Hendersons”

  1. By Brady Sinclair11400 on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    I really, really like E.J. Henderson. He isn’t a spotlight player, but if any mishaps come his way, he is sure to take full advantage of it. He has great awareness, hence that crazy interception yesterday. Wish I could’ve watched the full game. But the local FOX station chose to show the ATL game. Progress, I hope. Go Vikes.

  2. By Frederick Jones on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    That was one of the most exciting interceptions I have ever seen. You would think E.J. would play cautiously after last year’s femur injury. One our best basketball players broke his femur, it finished him. For E.J. to play that crazy after his injury is a tribute to his courage!!!

  3. By Conner on Nov 29, 2010 | Reply

    E.J. and these guys go through so many hours of painful rehab to get back on the field. You can’t help but feel good for someone who works that hard to come back and have success. We still have some injuries to try to heal up from.

  4. By DRS on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Yes it reminded me of the old days when men played football. When men cared about the game and wanted to play the game. They would find ways to play, and do what it took to play. They did not sit on the side line, and played it safe for the sake of money. I like to see hart and love of the game over talent any day.

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