Oakland Raiders’ Ted Hendricks Made Stronger with Physics and Math

All types of muscle are needed on the football field. Brainpower to out-think the opponent is a type of muscle that leads teams to victories.

Ted Henricks was a physics major during his college days. Later, he relaxed by doing math problems during his leisure moments.

Hendricks has been described as eccentric, but certainly he was smart. An article says:

"Eccentric as they come: Born in Guatemala, where his father was employed at the time, Hendricks was a physics major at UM and was well-known for relaxing by doing math problems. He took the hardest classes off the field and took on the hardest assignments on it."

Here is an interesting fact about Hendricks' career with the Oakland Raiders:

"After Hendricks was traded to the Packers , he signed a 'future contract' with the naescent World Football League. Hendricks was then in the option year of his NFL contract, and had one of his greatest seasons—five interceptions, seven blocked kicks, and a safety, again earning All-Pro honors.

"With the WFL bankrupt, owner Al Davis of the Raiders sent two first round draft choices to the Packers for the rights to Hendricks, signing him as a limited free agent. He went on to play nine seasons with the Raiders before retiring after the 1983 season."

Conflicts of opinions have occurred with the Oakland Raiders not once, but many times:

"In his first year on the Raider team, coach John Madden used him sparingly-partially as a result of a feud he had with Al Davis; however he eventually had him starting by the end of the 1975-6 season. The next year, with Hendricks as a full time player, he helped the Raiders win Super Bowl XI, the first in franchise history."

Again, Al Davis was misunderstood when he made a decision to keep Hendricks although all of the coaches voted in 1979 to release Hendricks. Those past victorious decisions are probably what fuel Al Davis in 2010....

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