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100 moments in 100 days: John Henderson’s pre-game slap routine

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Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars - December 11, 2005 Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history.

Yesterday it was Josh Scobee and his walk off 59-yard field goal to beat the Indianapolis Colts back in 2010.

Today? John Henderson and his infamous pre-game slap routine.

Henderson, like Marcus Stroud, played in an era where there were a lot of very good defensive tackles, so he wasn’t considered as dominant league-wise as he should have been. But Henderson was incredibly athletic for his size (6’7”, 345 pounds).

He averaged 3.5 sacks, 4.5 passes defended, and only missed four games of his eight-year career. He had the athleticism to run down and pressure opposing quarterbacks (averaged 30 pressures per season in his first three seasons) and the strength to plug up the offensive line and contribute to the best run defense in Jaguars history.

In honor of Big John, go ask someone to slap you in the face today. It’ll change your morning.

Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find.

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