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Chad Henne

Chad Henne in action against the New York Jets in 2009.
No. 7     Miami Dolphins
Personal information
Date of birth: July 2, 1985 (1985-07-02) (age 24)
Place of birth: Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57
Debuted in 2008 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
TDINT     12–14
Passing yards     2,878
QB Rating     75.2
Stats at

Chad Steven Henne (born July 2, 1985 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.


Early years

He graduated from Wilson Senior High School, setting school records for passing yards and touchdowns. He was also a successful member of both the basketball and track teams. Following his high school career, Henne played in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl as member of the East team, along with current Dolphins teammates Ted Ginn and Ryan Baker.[1].

College career

Henne began his Michigan football career starting at quarterback as a true freshman in 2004, the first Wolverine to do so since Rick Leach in 1975. Alongside freshman running back Mike Hart, he galvanized an explosive offensive unit that featured receivers Braylon Edwards, Jason Avant, and Steve Breaston. Henne's freshman season was highlighted by a triple-overtime win over rival Michigan State and a record-tying performance in the Rose Bowl against Texas. He also tied the Michigan season record for touchdown passes with 25, first set by Elvis Grbac in 1991.

Henne was criticized in 2005 after the University of Michigan, ranked in the top five of the preseason polls, stumbled to a 3-3 start. The sophomore quarterback was particularly scrutinized after his performance in a close loss to Notre Dame, in which he completed fewer than half of his pass attempts and lost a fumble on the goal line. After their 3-3 start, Michigan won four consecutive games to clinch the program's 21st consecutive winning season

During his junior season in 2006, Henne completed 203 of 328 passes for 2,508 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He led the Wolverines to an impressive 11-0 start and a #2 ranking through the third week of November, but for the third straight year Michigan concluded their season by losing to Ohio State again and then dropping their bowl game, this time to USC.

During his senior year in 2007, Henne completed 162 of 278 passes for 1,938 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. He suffered a knee injury in the first half of the second game of the season against Oregon, and sat out the second half, as well as subsequent games against Notre Dame and Penn State, before returning to the starting lineup against Northwestern. Henne played his final college game against Florida in the 2008 Capital One Bowl. Henne was named the MVP of the game after he led his team to a 41-35 victory over the Gators and reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow.

For his career, Henne completed 828 of 1,387 passes for 9,715 yards, 87 touchdowns, and 37 interceptions.[2] All five marks are school records. Henne's passing touchdown total is second in Big Ten Conference history.


Awards and honors

Henne with the Michigan Wolverines.



  • 2004 All-Big Ten Conference Honorable Mention (coaches and media)
  • 2006 All-Big Ten Conference Second Team (coaches and media)


Career Statistics
Passing Rushing
Year GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Lng TD Int Rat. Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2004 12 12 240 399 60.2 2743 69 25 12 132.6 55 -137 -2.5 9 2
2005 12 12 223 382 58.4 2526 54 23 8 129.6 54 25 0.5 18 1
2006 13 13 203 328 61.9 2508 69 22 8 143.4 47 -83 -1.8 14 0
2007 10 8 162 278 58.3 1938 65 17 9 130.5 24 -120 -5.0 9 0
Total 47 45 828 1387 59.7 9715 69 87 37 133.9 180 -315 -1.75 18 3

Professional career


Henne scored a 22 on the Wonderlic exam out of the 50 questions.

Miami Dolphins

Henne with the Dolphins in 2009.

Henne was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round (57th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He was the fourth quarterback chosen, following Matt Ryan (Falcons), Joe Flacco (Ravens) and Brian Brohm (Packers). His left tackle at Michigan, Jake Long, was drafted by the Dolphins first overall.

Henne was a training camp holdout for under a day, agreeing to a four-year, $3.5 million contract with the team on July 26. He earned the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter Chad Pennington out of training camp.

On September 14, 2008 Chad Henne made his NFL debut with 9:42 left in the game against the Arizona Cardinals. Chad's first NFL play was a pass over the middle that was broken up. For the game, he was 7 of 12 for 67 yards with a passer rating of 74.0. He led the team to its only touchdown, with RB Ronnie Brown scoring on a 1-yard run. The Miami Dolphins lost 31 - 10.

Henne (right) with Dolphins backup Pat White in 2009.

On March 25, 2009 it was reported by ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the Dolphins had plans to groom Henne for the starting quarterback position by the 2010 season. [3]

On September 27, 2009, in the early third quarter of their road game versus the San Diego Chargers, San Diego linebacker Kevin Burnett knocked Chad Pennington out of the game with a dislocated shoulder and a torn rotator cuff, and Henne was thrust into action. Though he led the Dolphins to ten points in the final 20 minutes of the game, he failed to throw his first regular season touchdown and even had a pass intercepted and returned for an easy touchdown by Eric Weddle.

After Chad Pennington's season ending injury, Henne made his first start on October 4, 2009, against the Buffalo Bills at home. Henne went 14-22 in his pass attempts with one touchdown pass in the Dolphins' 38-10 victory, lifting the team's record to 1-3.

Tyler Thigpen, in the immediate wake of Chad Pennington's season ending injury, was traded to Miami via the Kansas City Chiefs for a low-round 2010 NFL draft pick and shared the backup role with Pat White.

In his 2nd NFL start, he led the underdog Dolphins over the Jets 31-27 in a Monday Night Football game. He had 20 completions out of 26 attempts for 241 yards with two touchdowns, in this game Henne had his second win as starter and made a 53 yard TD completion to Ted Ginn Jr.


Career Statistics
Passing Rushing
Year GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat. Sack Att Yds TD
2008 3 0 7 12 58.3 67 0 0 74.0 0 0 0 0
2009 14 13 274 451 60.8 2,878 12 14 75.2 26 16 32 1

See also


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Navarre
Michigan Wolverines Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Steven Threet
Preceded by
Chad Pennington
Miami Dolphins Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by


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