John Henderson
No. 87, 80     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1943-03-21) March 21, 1943 (age 77)
Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 5 / Pick: 63
AFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 17 / Pick: 136
(by the Buffalo Bills)[1]
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions (1965–1967)
Career highlights and awards
*NFL Champion (1969)
Receptions     108
Receiving yards     1735
Touchdowns     10
Stats at

John William Henderson (born March 21, 1943) is a former professional American football player. He played college football for the University of Michigan in 1963 and 1964 and in the National Football League (NFL) from 1965 to 1972. He was the leading receiver in Super Bowl IV with seven catches for 111 yards.

Henderson was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1943 and attended Roosevelt High School. He played college football at the end position for the Michigan Wolverines football team in 1963 and 1964. He gained 330 receiving yards on 27 catches in 1963 and 377 yards on 31 catches in 1964.[2]

Henderson was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round (63rd overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons in the NFL for the Detroit Lions (1965–1967) and the Minnesota Vikings (1968–1972).[3] His best year in the NFL was 1969 when he caught 34 passes for 553 yards and five touches.[3] The Vikings won the 1969 NFL Championship Game and advanced to play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV; Henderson was the game's leading receiver with seven catches for 111 yards.[4] In his eight-year NFL career, Henderson appeared in 93 games and had 108 receptions for 1,735 yards and 10 touchdowns.[3]


  1. "1965 AFL Draft". Archived from the original on February 25, 2017.
  2. "Michigan Football Statistical Archive". University of Michigan. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "John Henderson". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  4. "Super Bowl IV". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 9, 2015.

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