Nov. 8, 2012
Former Falcon football player Chad Hennings was one of six former student-athletes selected as recipients of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their collegiate athletics careers.
The 2013 recipients are Bob Cottingham, Dylann Duncan Ceriani, Yolanda `Gail' Devers, Hennings, Keith Jackson and Patrick McEnroe. The NCAA will recognize the honorees Jan. 18 at the Honors Celebration during the 2013 NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas.
During his collegiate career, Hennings received the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman and was a two-time All-American for Air Force. 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.