Dallas Cowboy Hennings To Speak To ROTC Students Sept. 11

Sept. 9, 2002

Former Dallas Cowboy Chad Hennings will speak to Baylor University's Air Force ROTC students at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Bennett Auditorium on campus.

Hennings, who played for the Cowboys for nine seasons as a starting defensive lineman, graduated in 1988 from the United States Air Force Academy. While attending the Academy, he was a two-time Academic All-American in addition to being selected consensus All-American and WAC Defensive Player of the Decade. Additionally, he received the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to college football's outstanding lineman.

Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round of the 1988 NFL draft, Hennings deferred his pro-football career to fulfill his military commitment. Piloting an A-10, he flew 45 missions escorting relief supplies to the Kurds in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War and received two aerial achievement medals, one humanitarian medal and an outstanding unit award for actions while in the service. He left active duty in 1992, but continued to serve in the active reserves and now holds the rank of major.

In 1992, Hennings joined the Cowboys. As a starting defensive tackle, Hennings played on three Super Bowl championship teams. He retired in 2001.

An active community volunteer, Hennings serves as president of the Dallas chapter of the National Council on Youth Leadership and on the Greater Dallas Fellowship of Christian Athletes board of directors. He authored the book "It Takes Commitment" with all proceeds going to the Happy Hill Farm, a home for abused and neglected children.

Hennings and his wife, Tammy, have two children, Chase and Brenna.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bowles, Baylor ROTC commanding officer, at 710-3513.

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