Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson is probably one of the most flamboyant NFL players in recent history. A former star linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, he was known for delivering jarring hits, manufacturing turnovers (three interceptions), and helping the Cowboys win Super Bowl XII, 27-10 over the Denver Broncos.
However, his lifestyle led him into full blown addiction. Even though he had great potential as a player, Henderson’s destructive lifestyle of drugs and alcohol began to catch up with him. During many games, he snorted liquid cocaine from an inhaler he hid in his pants. Thomas partied with some of the most famous people in the entertainment world like Richard Pryor, Marvin Gaye and many others, but his lifestyle led to prison, and eventually and won the lottery, not once, but twice.
But he overcame all challenges and now sober for almost 37 years, he’s reaching out to help others. He is speaking in prisons, churches, AA meetings and basically, to anyone who might benefit from hearing his story.