January 16, 2012
Chad Hennings, a three-time Superbowl Champion as a Dallas Cowboy, will serve as the H-SC lacrosse team's honorary captain on March 11 as Hampden-Sydney will play Colorado College at 1 p.m. on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
He attended the Air Force Academy from 1983-1987 and was amongst the best lineman and players in the country. As a senior in 1987, he led the nation in sacks with 24, was a unanimous All-American selection, and was awarded the Outland Trophy, given to the country's best interior lineman. The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) named him to the WAC All-Decade Team for the 1980s. A two-time Hall of Famer, he was elected to the GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame in 1999 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Upon graduating from the Air Force Academy, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round (290th pick), but he delayed his NFL career to fulfill his commitment to the Air Force. He was a member of the Euro-NATO program and was soon given the controls of the A-10 Thunderbolt, also known as the "Warthog." He spent four years with the Air Force and flew 45 missions during the first Gulf War.
He joined the Cowboys for the 1992 season and became a starter midway through the 1995 season. In his nine seasons with the Cowboys (1992-2000), he played in 119 games, starting 72, and recorded 27.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries with one returned for a touchdown, and 216 total tackles. He won the Super Bowl in 1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), and 1995 (XXX).
Upon retirement, he has gone into investing, management consulting, and motivational speaking. He is the President of Hennings Management Corporation and works with Stream Realty's Tenant representations business. He has written two books: "It Takes Commitment", an autobiography, and "Rules of Engagement: Finding Faith and Purpose in a Disconnected World."