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Continued: Vikings' Henderson gets answers on how to ask questions

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 20, 2013 - 7:53 AM

“I was good,” he said. “By the end of the two hours, I was just going back over and changing just a few words here and there. I was the first one out of the room. But I am kind of a genius, though.”

The other side

Henderson also has a better appreciation for the ink-stained wretches working night games or first rounds of NFL drafts on strict deadlines.

“That stuff does put a little bit of stress on you all, doesn’t it?” Henderson asked. “There’s no time and you still have to turn your work in. That’s tough. Maybe I’ll be nicer to you guys in the future.”

Henderson’s chances of taking a print journalism job are roughly the same as a print journalist landing a linebacker job in the NFL. But Henderson, who earned a degree in communications at Maryland, believes last week’s experience would be helpful to the many athletes who choose to go into TV journalism. “What I learned is everything is based off of print journalism,” he said. “The writing, the outlines, the preparation. There’s a lot more that goes on besides just sitting in front of a teleprompter.”

Last week convinced Henderson to restart his blog “50 Free Pep Talks.” Apparently, it also pushed him to give even better answers than he typically does.

Asked at the end of an interview what he thinks will happen at middle linebacker for the Vikings, Henderson didn’t flinch. Despite coach Leslie Frazier’s hesitancy over discussing the possibility of Henderson moving from weakside linebacker to the gaping hole in the middle, Henderson said: “I’m going to be the starting middle linebacker. There’s no question. That’s where I belong.”

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