Former great Chad Hennings earns special honor from NCAA
Jan. 18, 2013
Air Force great Chad Hennings, a 1988 Academy graduate, will be honored tonight as a Silver Anniversary Award recipient tonight at the NCAA national convention in Grapevine, Texas, at the Gaylord Texan Resort.
Hennings joins fencer Bob Cottingham of Columbia-University-Barnard College, volleyball player Dylann Duncan Ceriani of Brigham Young, track and field star Yolanda `Gail" Devers of UCLA, football player Keith Jackson of Oklahoma and tennis player Patrick McEnroe of Stanford as honorees. The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their collegiate athletics careers.
Hennings will be joined at the event by his wife, Tamara, son, Chase, daughter Brenna, his mother and father, William and Barbara, and Dr. Hans Mueh, director of athletics at the Air Force Academy.
During his collegiate career, Hennings received the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman and was a two-time All-American. He was named Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the decade for the 1980s after his outstanding play as a team captain. With a cumulative 3.6 GPA, Hennings found his name on the Superintendent's List seven of eight semesters. Following his experience at Air Force, Hennings graduated from the Euro-NATO joint jet pilot and lead-in fighter training programs. He served 45 missions in support of Operation Provide Comfort in Iraq and earned three aerial achievement medals. His professional football career included nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as a starting defensive lineman and three Super Bowl Championships. Hennings is now the President of Hennings Management Corporation and an advisory board member of Christian Community Action. He also speaks to civic and non-profit groups on values and motivation.