Oldest UT football player makes prediction on Sunday's game

A lot of us are looking forward to the UT versus Notre Dame game on Sunday. But for one former Longhorn, every game is special.

John Henderson bleeds burnt orange and white. At 103-years-old, Henderson is the oldest living former UT football player.

Henderson's loyalty dates back to the 1930s. Henderson began as a guard on offense and defense during his freshman year in 1932.

"We had a schedule where we played the other freshman and also some of the junior colleges," Henderson said.

Now, his days now at the Longhorn Village, a retirement community, are filled with conversations about his time on the team. Wednesday, he recalled an October 1934 game where UT played Notre Dame and won 7-6. An injury kept Henderson out of that game. He told KVUE he still regrets it.

"You always regret you're not eligible or physically able to play," Henderson said.

It's been years since Henderson has played a game, but he makes sure he doesn't miss one.

"This will be the 84th consecutive year I've attended one or more UT football games," Henderson said.

Henderson is gearing up for UT's game against Notre Dame on Sunday. He'll be in full Longhorns attire. The feisty 103-year-old gave us his prediction.

"Coach Strong has a good group of players, if they can just all fit together and play as well as they're capable, I'm cautiously optimistic and I think Texas has a chance," Henderson said.

Henderson will attend the game on Sunday with family members.
 

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