In the disciplined Cowboy system, Henderson is the least consistent linebacker, but he often comes up with big plays, as he did on Sunday when he helped fellow linebacker Mike Hegman strip the ball from Bradshaw, Hegman running it in for a Dallas touchdown and a short-lived 14-7 lead.
Henderson is not, as he claims, the game's best linebacker, but he isn't as bad as Steeler Coach Chuck Noll implied when Noll answered a question about Henderson's boasts by saying, "Empty barrels make the most noise."
The bottom line on Henderson is that he made the Pro Bowl squad this season, and voting for the teams is done by NFL players and coaches, not the public or members of the press.
Henderson played a commendable game against the Steelers, and also exchanged heated words with both Franco Harris and Mean Joe Greene; on a play following Harris' discussion with Henderson on the general subject of hitting after the whistle, Harris burst up the middle on his 22-yard touchdown run.
Afterward, Henderson held court for the last time. He said he had worked so hard against the Steelers that he felt "on the verge of a heart attack." To prove how physical he had been, he displayed two badly swollen hands. Trouble was, the hands were swollen because Hollywood had taped his wrists too tightly.