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Former Maryland LB E.J. Henderson to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Former Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced Wednesday.

Henderson, the only two-time consensus first-team All-American in Maryland football history, becomes the seventh Terp to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

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A four-year player at College Park, Henderson won the 2002 Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player and the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. As a junior and senior, Henderson was a consensus first-team All-American.

The Aberdeen High School graduate led Maryland in tackles his final three seasons and ranks second in Terps history with 473. As a junior, he was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and helped lead Maryland to the 2001 ACC title.

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The Minnesota Vikings selected Henderson in the second round of the 2003 NFL draft. Henderson played his entire nine-year career with the Vikings and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2011.

Former Ravens quarterback Steve McNair (Alcorn State) was also selected to the Class of 2020. McNair, who was fatally shot in 2009 at age 36, finished third in the Heisman voting in 1994 while becoming a national phenom at Alcorn State, a historically black university in rural southwest Mississippi.

The other inductees include Eric Dickerson from SMU, Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch from Nebraska, Florida offensive lineman Lomas Brown, Ohio State running back Keith Byars, LSU defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, Michigan offensive lineman Jumbo Elliott, Washington State kicker Jason Hanson, Alabama linebacker E.J. Junior, UCLA quarterback Cade McNown, Oklahoma State defensive lineman Leslie O’Neal, Virginia defensive back Anthony Poindexter, Minnesota defensive end Bob Stein, Colorado receiver Michael Westbrook, Houston receiver Elmo Wright and Georgia defensive end David Pollack, who is now a prominent college football analyst on ESPN.

The two coaches selected for induction are Dick Sheridan, who coached at Furman and North Carolina State, and longtime Villanova coach Andy Tally.

The latest class for the Atlanta-based hall will be inducted Dec. 8 at the NFF’s awards dinner in New York.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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