Jim Henderson featured in NOLA.com 300 for 300 project

Jim Henderson featured in NOLA.com 300 for 300 project

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Broadcast journalist and longtime FOX 8 Saints analyst Jim Henderson has been featured in our partners NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Tricentennial series. 

The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with an ongoing project called 300 for 300. They are featuring 300 people who have made New Orleans New Orleans.

In their latest piece, Jim Henderson is highlighted for his spirited dedication to The Saints and the city.

"Any sports reporter worth his or her electrolytes is, beneath it all, a student of the game. Rare, however, is the sportswriter who is as adept at the "writing" part of the job as New Orleans broadcasting giant Jim Henderson. A former English teacher, he came to New Orleans in 1978 to replace another local legend, Hap Glaudi, on WWL-Ch. 4. Many local viewers were skeptical, but the rookie didn't miss a beat, adding to a deep bench that would help turn WWL in a local ratings juggernaut. Through his eloquent and thoughtful commentary segments, which would become a highlight of his always-thorough nightly sports roundups -- and, from 1986 to January 2018, as the impassioned and eminently quotable radio voice of the New Orleans Saints -- Henderson would forge a place all his own in the pantheon of New Orleans sports and broadcasting giants."

Henderson announced his retirement from broadcasting in February. 

Henderson said he knew it was time to retire in the middle of the Saints season, right when they were winning eight in a row.

He felt the urge to step away at the end of the season. His thinking then was, "I've done everything professionally that I sat out to do, so why not now."

"Had I never gotten a chance to announce a Super Bowl, a winning Super Bowl, I think I would be a bit reluctant to leave hoping that this would be the year," Henderson said. "But, having done that, once you're part of that, they can never take that away.  They can never take 2009 away. They can never take those moments away, some of those calls. I'll have that fortunately because I was in that chair for the rest of my life," Henderson said.

Henderson was replaced as FOX 8's Saints analyst by fan-favorite Deuce McAlister. 

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