Several media outlets, including the New York Post, have reported that the New York Giants hired Statesville native Jerome Henderson as their defensive backs coach.
The move reunites the 1987 West Iredell High School graduate with former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, whom the Giants hired last week to be their offensive coordinator. Henderson spent four seasons (2012-15) under Garrett coaching the Cowboys’ defensive backs.
Henderson, 50, served as the Atlanta Falcons’ secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator the last four seasons. In his first year, Atlanta captured the NFC Championship to reach Super Bowl LI, which the New England Patriots won in overtime, 34-28.
Earlier this month, on the heels of a 7-9 campaign, Henderson and the Falcons organization parted ways.
Henderson’s professional coaching career began in 2007 and also included stints with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. He played in two Super Bowls during his eight seasons as an NFL defensive back.
As a high school senior, Henderson aided West Iredell’s perfect regular season in 1986. He continued his playing career at Clemson before the Patriots selected him in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft with the 41st pick.