Henderson “Causes An Uproar” For National Geographic

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 9, 2013 – 8:26 am

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The Vikings organization prides itself on building a roster of players that contribute off the field as much or more than they do on the field. One of the team’s most community-conscious players found a creative way to blend those two endeavors.

Prior to the 2012 season, Erin Henderson committed to making a monetary donation to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI) for every sack he recorded. The fun-loving linebacker called his initiative “Sacks for Cats” and set a goal of raising awareness about the decline of lions, tigers,  cheetahs and other big cat species in the wild.

Last week Henderson visited National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters with his family to present a $5,000 check to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI).

“The numbers (of big cats remaining in the wild) are frightening,” said Henderson. “When my two-year-old son is older, I don’t want to talk to him about lions the way we now talk about dinosaurs.  It is important for all of us to do something now, before it is too late.”

Enjoy a photo gallery from the Henderson family’s visit to National Geographic Headquarters, and go here for more information on the BCI.


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41 Responses to “Henderson “Causes An Uproar” For National Geographic”

  1. By vikingbob136 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    I am first but i am shooting a blank. Got nothing to write.Everyone have a powerful day!

  2. By RichardA1 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Go Henderson Go!
    hoping everson Griffeth keeps getting better, he is close to being a all pro, showed alot improvement last year. Let’s go Berzerkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk this season!!!

  3. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply


    Congrats! You just won a years supply of Farm Rich Pizza’s! The recalled ones.

  4. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Ouch !!!…Is that knee going to be trouble ???…


    Keenan Allen runs 4.71, 4.75 at Pro Day Cal WR Keenan Allen ran forty times of 4.71 and 4.75 at his personal Pro Day on Tuesday.

    Allen has never been known as a true vertical threat — he draws comparisons to Miles Austin and Reggie Wayne — but these times are concerning. Allen suffered a torn left PCL last October 27. He admitted to a setback before February’s Scouting Combine and recently told the Sacramento Bee that he’s only about 85 percent. It’s been over five months since Allen’s injury. His medical status may be a greater concern than the slow forty times. Source: James Dator on Twitter Apr 9 – 11:35 AM

  5. By Shawn on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Scratch Keenan Allen … 4.71 is Manti Te’o speed.

  6. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Keep on topic people! Talk here is about cheetahs, pumas, and tigers!!!

  7. By Shawn on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    – 1st round – #23 (#23 overall) … MLB- Manti Te’o( ranked 23rd)
    – 1st round – #25 (#25 overall) … WR- DeAndre Hopkins(ranked 20th)
    – 2nd round – #22 (#52 overall) … DT- Kawann Short( ranked 59th)
    – 3rd round – #21 (#83 overall) … CB- Tyrann Matheiu(ranked 94th)
    – 4th round – #5 (#102 overall) … WR- Aaron Dobson(ranked 104th)
    – 4th round – #23 (#120 overall) … OLB- Gerald Hodges
    – 5th round – #22 (#155 overall) … OL- David Quenssenberry
    – 6th round – #21 (#189 overall) … DT- Akeem Spence
    – 7th round – #7 (#213 overall) … WR- Aaron Mellette
    – 7th round – #8 (#214 overall) … RB- Cierre Wood
    – 7th round – #23 (#229 overall) … Trade for a 2014 6th round pick

    Rankings according to ….

  8. By iaVIKE on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Wow. I’d say that pretty much drops him off the Vikes board, the last WR we drafted who wasn’t 100% hasn’t played a single down yet.

  9. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    The Cheetah is the fastest land mammal in the immediate solar system.

  10. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

  11. By PurplHaze on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    I’m cool with Hopkins, but PLEASE don’t draft Te’o! Arthur Brown is a MUCH BETTER pick later in the draft.

  12. By Champ Henson on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    79 pictures of vikings cheerleader tryouts posted…..we know where somebody’s prioriies are.

  13. By Champ Henson on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    If the vikings draft Allen first it will be a huge mistake….but, Spielman likes injured players. If we get Allen we’ll be waiting 2 years for him to heal and at least another 2 years to develop into a starter.

  14. By VikeNasty on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply


    I love the draft and would be more than happy if that is the route they took.

    Just a few thoughts though.

    1: Im not sure about Manti but he was a Heisman candidate so I cannot complain if he is the LB they take. Also, like the fact that you are going LB and WR first round.

    2: I still think it will take our 2nd rounder to get Tyrann but he hasn’t played in a year so you could very well be right about him dropping down to the late 3rd. Even if we had to take a 5th or 6th round pick to move up to early 3rd I would be happy. If it does take the 2nd rounder I would like to see a Guard go for our third because Short wouldn’t be there.

    3: I love the Mallette and Dobson picks. With Hopkins that would give us 6 capable starters in case of injury which is more than likely going to happen.

    Oh and I was hoping to get another CB in the late rounds maybe swap out the 6th round DT for one because we would have Williams, Evans, Ballard, Gyon, and Short if your draft works out like im hoping.

  15. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Cheetah Cheerleaders.

  16. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply


    Cheetah’s are the fastest thing on four legs.

    How about Cheetah WR’s?

  17. By secgenfan on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Pick 23- te’o
    Pick 25- wr Robert woods
    then I’m good with Shawnee board.

    Robert woods = next Chris Carter imo
    have a great day everybody and go vikes

  18. By secgenfan on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    **** shawns ****

  19. By VikeNasty on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply


    Are you saying you receivers that run on all fours or cheetahs that can catch?

  20. By VikeNasty on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    I like the idea of cheetahs that can catch.

  21. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply


    iaVIKE says that if pigs can fly, Cheetahs can catch.

  22. By iaVIKE on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Ha what?…

  23. By BlueBird7 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    You always tell me what you think I say, so I just thought you might like it.(:)

  24. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Walter football mock draft…Has the Vikings taking Te’o with the #25 pick in the first round…Because he thinks the Vikings staff is foolish…
    I agree…


    Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
    I’ve consistently mocked Manti Te’o in the second round. Teams won’t take him because he’s a Tebow-like distraction. A personnel man who works for a team drafting in the 20-32 range told us that his franchise will be passing on Te’o even though inside linebacker is a big need. However, the Vikings don’t seem bothered by Te’o, as they’ve shown way more interest in him than any other team. If they’re willing to take him in the second round, they could just as easily draft him at No. 25.

    Everyone knows Te’o’s story by now. He had a miserable Combine. He ran a 4.82 40 and later blamed it on fatigue (as if the other players weren’t tired). He looked stiff in the drills. Worst of all, he drew that ridiculous press conference. Te’o handled himself well in front of the media, but the press conference itself was the major problem. No team wants to deal with the media circus that will come with acquiring Te’o – except for the Vikings, apparently.


  25. By Matthias on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    And here is the article again…:

  26. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o will not be a bust.

  27. By Goldvike on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t want Te’o!!!!!

  28. By Nicholas on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, you beat me to the Punch Hopkins. Just read that on Walterfootball. We will likely be seeing Te’o in purple next season!

    Te’o and Williams/Allen/or Hopkins most likely.

  29. By pondersucks07 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman likes Norte Dame players. So if Teo there will take him. If Geno falls to us will draft him. Then trade him to Arizona or Jacksonville for there next years 1st. round pick and 2nd & 3rd round picks this year. Which next years pick could be 1-5 pick, plus our own pick. Depending on Ponder could be another 1-10 pick.

  30. By So Cal Viking on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    I think we are gonna draft teo,i just have this feeling we are gonna draft him so if we do then i hope he steps up and makes some plays,im pretty optimistic for this upcoming season everybody-2013 YEAR OF THE VIKINGS P.S. Lets sweep the division Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo GO VIKINGS

  31. By northwoodsv2 on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o was an outstanding collegiate player, who was predicted to be an immediate impact player in the NFL. The media circus surrounding the fake girlfriend will fall by the wayside soon enough after he puts forth a season like Harrison Hitman Smith.

    40 speed is not the defining factor. It’s important, but not the defining factor at this position. Minnesota has looked past many other off-field distractions with other players.

    Urlacher would be playing with a chip on his shoulder. Te’o will too. Who has the physical capability to make more of an impact, and for a longer period of time?

  32. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Why not bring in both Te’o and Uralacher. Best of both worlds. Transfer of the guard and allows us to be better immediately. Urlacher would be a great leader and a motivation to the whole defense.

  33. By Champ Henson on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    the worst thing spielman could do is draft Te’o and Allen in the first round.
    the absolute worst.

  34. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    I hope some of you were watching Game Changers on NFL network earlier the entire episode was about Te’o

  35. By blues kluews on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    the worst speilman could do is draft that women kicker

  36. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    the worst Spielman could do would be to open up these blogs and listen to some of these so called arm chair draft experts. HA!

  37. By pondersucks07 on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    Teo is going to be a good fit at middle linebacker. With Smith and Rudolph it will be easier for teo in the locker room. Teo is a play maker. You don’t make that many tackles int ff tfl fr sacks pd in 4 yrs at Norte Dame without being a good and smart football player.

  38. By BlueBird7 on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply


    Do you think Spielman would listen to you?

  39. By BlueBird7 on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    Didn’t think so. He wouldn’t listen to anybody that I know of.

  40. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    Bluebird, I hope not– where did you come up with such a question? Not relevant to my post.

  41. By BlueBird7 on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply


    You are not an expert? Could have fooled me.

    You and Hopkins are the two most vocal on here. Enjoy reading most of them.

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