TAMPA – Former University of South Florida football player and current Dallas Cowboy Anthony Henry made a $100,000 gift to assist with renovations to the football team locker room and multi-sport weight room.
“Even though I am nine years removed from the program, I thought it was important to give back financially and show the current players how much USF means to me,” said Henry. “I will always support USF football in every way I can.”
Henry worked with Lee Roy Selmon, President for the USF Foundation Partnership for Athletics, throughout the gifting process.
“Anthony is a tremendous young man and phenomenal ambassador for our University,” said Selmon. “I knew when he played for USF that he was a special individual and it is certainly no surprise that he has chosen to give back to USF.”
The gift is the largest ever given by a former USF football player.
“We can’t thank Anthony enough for his generosity,” said USF head coach Jim Leavitt. “After pouring his blood, sweat and tears into USF football as a player, he has continued to have a positive and powerful impact on Bulls football as a standout professional player and citizen.”
Henry played in the defensive backfield for USF from 1997-00. He was initially drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2001 draft, but has made his professional home with the Cowboys.
“To see where the program started under Lee Roy’s guidance and Coach Leavitt’s hard work is incredible,” said Henry. “Now we have 10 NFL draft picks, we are ranked every season and we are competing at the highest level. I wanted to assist in the great work that is being done and help the program continue to grow.”
Last season, he shared the field with fellow Bull Mike Jenkins.
“Mike is the future of the Cowboys,” said Henry. “We made history playing together on the same team. He illustrates, again, how far USF has come. He was the first player to be taken in the first round and he was surrounded by so much talent on that team. The USF program and players made him better and helped him become a high draft pick.”
Henry is third in the USF record books with 10 career interceptions. His senior season total of five picks is the third-best total in program history. During the 2008 season with Dallas, Henry had 50 tackles, two sacks and one interception. He has 29 career interceptions and over 450 tackles as an NFL player.
The Fort Myers native will begin his ninth NFL season in 2009.