5 Things Chiefs Fans Need to Know About Chad Henne

Here are five things Chiefs fans need to know about Chad Henne, who has returned to KC to back up Patrick Mahomes in 2020.
Here are five things Chiefs fans need to know about Chad Henne, who has returned to KC to back up Patrick Mahomes in 2020. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

Kansas City Chiefs fans witnessed first-hand the importance of a backup quarterback in 2019. Patrick Mahomes' knee injury sidelined him for about two and a half games, and Matt Moore filled in admirably by throwing for 4 touchdowns with no interceptions.

Moore's contract is up now, and the Chiefs have brought in Chad Henne to fill his spot. Chiefs fans will remember Henne as the team's backup from 2018, when he was called on to throw all of three passes for the season.

In case you need a refresher on Henne, here are five things Chiefs fans should know about their old, and now new, backup.

1. Henne Was a Five-Star Recruit Coming Out of High School

Henne showed some real promise from a young age. He was a multi-sport athlete, and was named the Pennsylvania Football Gatorade Player of the Year for 2003-2004, while also finishing as the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association runner-up in Javelin and playing on his school's basketball team. He committed to the Michigan Wolverines before his senior year.

2. Henne Was the Second True Freshman in Michigan History to Start at Quarterback on Opening Day

Henne started the first game of his freshman season when Matt Gutierrez (who attempted 1 of his 2 career NFL passes as a Chief) was banged up, and he never relinquished the job. The Wolverines won that game 43-10 over Miami (Ohio), though Henne only ended up leading them to more than 9 wins in one of his four seasons.

3. Henne is the Wolverines' All-Time Leading Passer

Henne leads all Michigan quarterbacks in career completions (828), passing yards (9,715) and passing touchdowns (87). Second and third, respectively, in all three stats are John Navarre and Elvis Grbac.

4. Henne is the Miami Dolphins' Third-Leading Passer Since 2000

The last two decades haven't been kind to the Miami Dolphins, and they've gone through a ton of starting quarterbacks in that time. Henne started 31 games for the team between the 2009 and 2011 seasons, and overall as a Dolphins he threw for 7,114 yards with 31 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. That puts him behind only Jay Fiedler (11,040) and Ryan Tannehill (20,434) in yardage. Coincidentally, he is also one spot ahead of Matt Moore (4,298).

5. Henne's Most Recent NFL Pass Came With the Chiefs in 2018

Henne got into one game in 2018 — a Week 17 35-3 blowout win over the Oakland Raiders. Mahomes had already thrown for 281 yards and 2 touchdowns and the game was out of hand when Henne stepped in and went 2-of-3 for 29 yards, adding 3 yards on the ground. That was the first time he rushed for positive yards in a game since September 2014.

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