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Thomas Henderson    

Former Dallas Cowboys Linebacker; Founder of East Side Youth Services & Street Outreach; Anti-Drug Advocate

Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers, and Miami Dolphins. He played college football for Langston University, and received All-City honors playing defensive end at Douglass High School.

Henderson was selected in the first round (18th overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft, as part of the Dallas Cowboys Dirty Dozen draft. He made his mark on special teams during his first two years, until becoming a starter at strongside linebacker 1977. He was selected to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 1978 season. Henderson gave himself the nickname "Hollywood" for his flamboyant play and high-visibility lifestyle. Henderson was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 1980, and would go on to play for the Houston Oilers and the Miami Dolphins.

In 2000, Henderson won the Lotto Texas US$28 million jackpot. He then started a charity called East Side Youth Services & Street Outreach and has made major donations to the East Austin community where he grew up. Henderson gives motivational speeches and sells videos of his anti-drug seminars.

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