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American Football Database
Steve Hendrickson
Date of birth: (1966-08-30) August 30, 1966 (age 55)
Place of birth: Richmond, California
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: California
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 6 / Pick: 167
 As player:
San Francisco 49ers
Dallas Cowboys
San Diego Chargers
Houston Oilers
Philadelphia Eagles
Playing stats at

Steven Daniel Hendrickson (born August 30, 1966 in Richmond, California) is a former professional American football linebacker in the National Football League. Hendrickson attended Napa High School where he was a standout varsity player during all four years at the school. His #30 jersey remains the only one ever retired by the school. [1]He played collegiately for the California Golden Bears at California where he graduated with a major in history. He was named defensive player of the game at the 1988 Blue-Gray Football Classic and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played a total of seven NFL seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Houston Oilers, and Philadelphia Eagles. Hendricks was a member of the San Francisco 49ers when they won their fourth Super Bowl XXIV on January 28, 1990. Throughout his professional career, he played various positions despite his relatively small stature. Hendrickson is fondly remembered among Chargers fans for being used as a short yardage, goal line running back, despite the fact that his main position was a defensive one. In particular, Hendrickson scored on a 1-yard run against the Kansas City Chiefs in a January, 1993 playoff game, played in San Diego, to cap off a 17-0 shutout of the Chiefs.

Personal life

Hendrickson currently resides in Escondido, California. He suffered several concussions during his playing years. During his NFL career, concussion were often ignored as a long term health risk. Hendrickson suffers from many of the same symptoms as other former NFL players who've been diagnosed with trama-related brain injuries resulting from concussions during their playing years. He now collects a disability payment from the Social Security Administration in addition to a disability pension from the NFL Player Retirement Plan. The NFL pension plan's six person board determined his injuries were caused by "non-football related which made him ineligible for enhanced benefits.


  1. Yune, Howard (June 24, 2012). "Was it worth it?". Napa Valley Register (Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc.). Retrieved June 24, 2012.