|Date of birth:||March 12, 1955|
|Place of birth:||Chicago, Illinois|
|College:||University of Michigan|
|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. 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.
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.
- ↑ "1974 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1974fbt.htm.
- ↑ "1975 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1975fbt.htm.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "1976 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1976fbt.htm.
- ↑ "John Hennessy". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/H/HennJo20.htm.
- ↑ "Jets sign five". The Bonham Daily Favorite (UPI story). May 30, 1980. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wTBfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=N08NAAAAIBAJ&pg=4886,1195014&dq=jets+john-hennessy&hl=en.
- ↑ "Jets sign Schremp; Packers claim player". The Milwaukee Journal. May 30, 1980. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=RCAqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qysEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4645,5896923&dq=jets+john-hennessy&hl=en.
- ↑ "Packers". Gadsden Times. July 23, 1980. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qqFGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-v0MAAAAIBAJ&pg=2651,3018329&dq=jets+john-hennessy&hl=en.