Jamie Henderson, Former Jets CB, Where is He Now?



By Maurisse Johnson

8 years ago former NY Jet Jamie Henderson lost his football career and almost his life to a motorcycle accident. Today I spoke to him about his career and some topics surrounding the NY Jets and the NFL.

MJ: How are you feeling almost 8 years after the accident?

JH: I feel good; I haven’t been on a motorcycle since.

MJ: Does coaching kids down at Carrollton High School quench your thirst for playing in the NFL?

JH: Not really, but I get to help kids and there is one kid in particular who is tall and faster than I was at his age who I try to show how to play the game the right way. I see a lot of me in him. I try to teach them the different techniques of man to man and cover 2 so they understand the concepts. I never played cover 2 coming up through college, I was always a man to man guy. Just when I was getting over the hump of the cover 2 scheme and felt like I really knew it, bam I got into the accident.

MJ: Do you still watch the NFL is your favorite team the Jets?

JH: Of course, I watch the Jets when I can they are my favorite team.

MJ: So what do you think about the recent locker room chatter about Sanchez and Holmes and overall team unity?

JH: I think that is a product of having a young team. When you let a lot of the veterans go and you have a young team, then things like that happen. It’s up to the veterans to show them how to act and if they don’t things like this will happen because they acted this way in college.

MJ: Back when you played you had Curtis Martin, Donnie Abraham, Sam Cowart and others to steer the team locker room, do you think the Jets miss that?

JH: I think so; they miss the leadership because they are mostly a young team.

MJ: So obviously by watching the Jets; what do you think of Darrelle Revis?

JH: He’s a great corner but I still like some other great corners like: Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey.

MJ: So what do you think of Mark Sanchez, is he a franchise type of QB?

JH: I think so; the thing about it is that he only had one year of starting experience in college. So these growing pains are normal if you think about how much football he has played. He should get better, just give him time.

MJ: What do you think of the new NFL rules that penalize players for head to head hits and hits that are deemed as hitting a defenseless player?

JH: It’s hard because football is a contact sport taught at an early age so to change the rule so dramatically so soon is hard on defensive players. Also it’s hard to hit a moving target in a designated space. They don’t teach players that way in college.

MJ: Jamie, thank you for your time answering these questions. We at Jets Gab really appreciate your time.


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