John Henderson

John Henderson

Quick Facts on John Henderson:

  • Born in 1912, he is the oldest living UT football player.
  • Wears the No. 35 jersey for the Longhorns from 1933 to 1935.
  • Has about 7,000 classmates at UT; Bevo is a relatively new team mascot.
  • Like most players, he plays both offense and defense.
  • Rather than receive football scholarships, he and his teammates are assigned campus jobs to help pay for tuition, room, and board; knowing how to type, he makes 50 cents an hour working in the athletics office.
  • After graduating with a degree in education, marries his college sweetheart, Charlotte, and they move to Port Arthur, where he coaches and teaches at a junior high school for three years.
  • Gets a job at Humble Oil and Refinery Co., which eventually morphs into Exxon Mobil. Works there for 36 years, first in the controllers department, then as head of business services.
  • Is a charter member of the Longhorn Foundation, a fundraising group that supports UT Athletics.
  • He and Charlotte attend almost every UT home game for the next six decades; beginning in the 1960s, they sit in the same seats at the 25-yard line on the west side of the stadium.
  • In 2009 the couple move back to Austin to live in Longhorn Village, a retirement community.
  • Stays in shape by walking at least a mile each day and lifting weights; still tips the scales within 5 pounds of his student-athlete weight.