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John Hennessy
Date of birth: (1955-03-12)March 12, 1955
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: University of Michigan
Organizations
 As player:
1977-1979 New York Jets

John William Hennessy (born March 12, 1955) was a professional American football player who played linebacker for three seasons for the New York Jets from 1977 to 1979. He appeared in 46 NFL games and was a starter at linebacker in all 16 regular season games for the 1978 New York Jets. He played college football at the University of Michigan from 1974 to 1976.

Hennessy was born in Chicago in 1955. He played college football for Bo Schembechler at the University of Michigan from 1974 to 1976.[1][2][3] He started all 12 games at defensive tackle for the 1976 Michigan Wolverines football team. The 1976 Michigan team won the Big Ten Conference championship, advanced to the 1977 Rose Bowl, and finished the season ranked No. 3 in both the AP and UPI Polls.[3]

Hennessy was drafted by the New York Jets in the 10th round (256th overall pick) of the 1977 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 1977, he appeared in 14 games (two as a starter) for the Jets. The following year, he was a starter at linebacker in all 16 regular season games for the 1978 New York Jets. In 1979, he again appeared in all 16 games for the Jets, though none as a starter.[4]

In May 1980, Hennessy was claimed by the Green Bay Packers after being placed on waivers by the Jets.[5][6] He was released the Packers in late July 1980.[7]

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