University of Miami

1967 Hurricanes "Ted Hendricks"
(Authentic Reproduction)




At 6'7" and 220 pounds, Theodore Hendricks was a tall, lean ball of muscle nicknamed the "Mad Stork" for his untiring pursuit of quarterbacks and ball carriers. Born in Guatemala and educated at Hialeah, Florida High School, Hendricks was a brilliant player and student. As the heart and soul of the Hurricane defense from 1966 through 1968 seasons he was named to some All American teams his sophomore year before becoming a consensus All American in his two final collegiate seasons. In 1968 he was perhaps the most dominant defender in the nation, coming in fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.  His 327 career tackles and twelve fumble recoveries were accomplished with every offense designed to either negate or avoid his presence. A physics and math major, Hendricks defied the "typical jock" role and excelled in the classroom as well as on the field, often studying math problems as a means of relaxation. Considered eccentric before he entered the pro ranks, his reputation as a "character" and player grew year by year. The second round draft choice of the Colts wore number 83 as he was projected as a defensive end but was quickly shifted to outside linebacker where his height, reach, and range earned him a starting position and he helped the Colts win the Super Bowl the next season. The Colts traded him to the Packers in 1974 where he had a huge season with five interceptions and seven blocked kicks, leading the Raiders to trade for him. He played nine years for the Raiders and was a five time All Pro during his career before retiring in 1983. He held the unofficial record of having blocked twenty-five field goal or extra point attempts in his NFL career and added twenty-six interceptions. Nicknamed "Kick 'em In The Head Ted" by Raider teammates, stories abound that accentuate his sense of humor and eccentric streak but in the pro ranks and at Miami, he remains one of the all time greats. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1990 after a career that featured eight Pro Bowl games, seven AFC Championships, four Super Bowls, and 215 consecutive regular season appearances. He was named All Pro with all three teams he played with. His superlative play at Miami earned him a place in the National College Foundation College Football Hall Of Fame in 1987.

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