And while his name may not be spoken of when discussing the greats among past NFL receivers Devery Henderson has forever earned his spot of endearment among Saints History fans. For starters he grew up in Opelousas, Louisiana and attended LSU were he had a notable career while helping the Bayou Bengals earn a National Championship in 2002. Drafted with the Saints 2nd pick in the 2004 draft his numbers were hardly spectacular his first couple of seasons. But when Sean Payton arrived in 2006, bringing in the future Hall of Famer Drew Brees his career received a major uptick.
2006, his third year as a pro, he was one of the handful of players that remained with the team after Payton took over. And it was then the Who Dat Nation began to take notice of his knack for big plays. He scored a running touchdown on a double-reverse play during the famous Monday Night Return to the Dome game against the Falcons. His 23.3 Yards-per-Reception average led the NFL as he had scoring catches of 26, 76, 52, 45, 42 and 26 yards during 2006. He led the NFL again in YPR in 2008 with a 24.8 average.
His big play ability didn’t end there. Before he left the Saints in 2013 he had 6 scores of 40 or more yards including an 84-yard score against Tampa Bay in 2008 and a 79-yarder against Chicago in 2011. But probably his most well known score came during the 2009 Super Bowl year. On a Monday Night against the New England Patriots, wide open without a defender within 20 yards he grabbed a 75-yard strike down the middle of the field in the second quarter. The touchdown not only gave the Saints the lead but started one of the most memorable blowouts during the Sean Payton era as the Saints rolled to a 38-17 victory. His last touchdown catch as a Saint came in 2012 and just happened to be the record-breaking 48th consecutive game with a touchdown pass for Drew Brees. The 40-yard TD against the Chargers broke the previous record held by none other than the great Johnny Unitas. It was Henderson’s only score of that year.
He ended his NFL career after an unsuccessful tryout with the Washington Redskins in 2013. His totals as a Saint:
124 Games Played – 245 catches – 4377 yards – a 17.9 YPC and 20 touchdowns.
Below we have listed his Top-10 Games for Most Yards Receiving.
Top 10 Most Yards Receiving in a Game for Devery Henderson