|DR. CHARLIE HENNIGAN
A Presentaion by
& Ronald E. Barlow
I got to meet Mr. Hennigan at the Northwestern 2006 homecoming. My dad was on the team with him. According to daddy (Bobby Tackett, #67), he and Charlie were best friends at that time. I got to see his superbowl ring, and talk to him a bit, and he is a very decent guy. During the reunion (their team’s 50th), someone gave a copy of the Northwestern’s team photo of 1956 to the team members there. Thought you might like a copy of it.
If I see him again, I intend to ask him how he convinced his Pentecostal mother to let him play at Northwestern, who are “The Demons”. After going to the homecoming game, the next weekend at church, I informed my church class that the previous week, I had been surrounded by thousands and thousands of demons.
Bob Tackett, Jr.
1965 Tops Card
Dr. Charlie Hennigan
Dr. Charlie Hennigan of the Houston Oilers
The Hennigans moved from Bienville to Minden in 1942, when Charlie was in the 1st grade.
Charlie’s father had been the janitor at the Bienville school, but moved to Minden for a job at the Louisiana Army Ammunition plant.
The family lived in a small four-room frame house in the Oak Ridge addition in Minden.
He and his friends, “The Dirty Six,” played sports, fished and
swam in Dorcheat Bayou and the gravel pits. The built a clubhouse from
scrap lumber and ammunition boxes.
His father later worked for the Soil Conservation Service and the Springhill Paper Mill, before going to work for the Minden Police Department in 1949.
Charlie and his childhood friends in Minden spent many hours at Hunter’s Park
They swam in the pool, danced, drank
Cokes, played pool and watched baseball games.
A Budding Actor
Best Sportsmanship Award Best Athletes
Castor Jr. Tournament Charles Hennigan & Joy Lynn Murphy
Mary Ellen Bailey, maid of Charles Hennigan
Annetta Bakerk, maid of Gerald Kirkland
Jean Sentell, maid of ?
Lloyd Baker was driving the car
Mary Ellen Bailey was Charlie Hennegan's homecoming maid & majorete.
She is interred next to her Dad in the Gardens of Memory Cemetey in
the Garden of Prayer on row nine, Lt. 60, Sp.7 beside her Dad. She was
Born 25 Sept. 1937 and died 27 Nov. 1954.
Minden Crimson Tide
1954-1957 Northwestern State Demons
His coach, Sam Lyle, said he was too dumb to learn the plays and couldn’t play defense.
Charlie returned to Northwestern to finish his master’s degree and then in 1959 hired on to coach track and football and teach science at Jonesboro-Hodge High School.
It appeared that Charlie’s playing days were over.
Never Give Up
While teaching and coach at Jonesboro, Charlie stayed in shape and started working out with Dub Jones, who had been a receiver with the Cleveland Browns, and who then owned a lumber company in Ruston.“He taught me finesse…he taught me moves…he taught me how to get open.”Dub Jones is the father of former Colts and Rams quarterback, Bert Jones. His other three sons were all college quarterbacks.
Graduate Assistant at Northwestern State University – Taught Health & PE and Coached Football, 1958
2nd Lieutenant in U.S. Army, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Benning, GA – Artillery officer and paratrooper, 1959
Teacher & Coach at Jonesboro-Hodge High School – Biology, Health & PE, Coached Track& Football, 1959-60
Wide Receiver for Houston Oilers, 1960-66
Co-Owner of Camp Touchdown for Boys in Bryceland, LA – Live-in Summer camp for boys aged 7-14, 1962-65
Instructor at University of Houston – Taught Health and Physical
Certified to Teach in Texas and Louisiana in Mid-Management Administration, Reading Specialist, Elementary Self-Contained, Social Studies, PE & Health
One More Chance
NFL Scouts showed no interest in Charlie.
1965 Tops football card
In 1960, Charlie heard that a new league, the AFL, would have a team
Both made the team. Charlie Tolar was the Oilers leading rusher for
1960 Houston Oilers
September 1 - Charlie Hennigan scores the Oilers first touchdown in a
37-22 win over Oakland at San Francisco on a 43-yard pass from George
1960 Houston Oilers
1st AFL Championship Oilers 24 – Chargers 16
1960 Oilers 1961 Oilers
IN THE HUDDLE
•Hennigan sets record of 1,746 yards receiving in
My dad is Charlie Hennigan. He played for the oilers
from '60-'66. The story about the 1960 championship ring
is interesting, but not quite complete. I've enclosed a
jpeg of the "true" 1960 championship ring. In previous
years, instead of rings, championship teams often
received fobs, which I guess were weights that were
placed on pocket watches. Anyway, dad says that players
grumbled several years later and finally got rings. (I
think he ground his ring up in the garbage disposal.)
Dad got 6 or 8 game balls. He just gave them to us and
we wore them out playing sandlot football with them.
Oilers Flying First Class
Louisiana Boys Charlie Tolar, Billy Cannon and Charlie Hennigan flying to the Ark-La-Tex Sports Hall of Fame Banquet in Shreveport.
1962 Houston Oilers
1963 Houston Oilers
Sept 1,1960 Charlie Hennigan scored the Oiler first touchdown in a 37-22 win over Oakland at San Francisco on a 43-yard pass from George Blanda. The Oilers won the first American Football League Champion Football League 24-16 over the Chargers. 44 receptio s for 722 yards. (16.4 yd average) 6 Touchdowns Selected to AFL All Star Team Named All-Pro
•101 receptions for 1,546 yards.
Hennigan with Lionel. Taylor in 1964
Charlie breaks another record for the Oilers
BREAKING THE RECORDS
1964 EASTERN DIVISION ALL STAR TEAM
1st Row – Babe Parilli, Jack Kemp, George Saimes,
Gino Cappelletti, Fred Glick, Cookie Gilchrist, Sid
1964 Eastern Division All Star Team Highlights From The Last Game
Coaches - Don Trull, George Blanda, Sammy Baugh and Jacky Lee
1965 Houston Oilers
Mot athletes dream of someday being in the record book.
How many realize the dream of being pictured on the cover?
27 Receptions for 313 yards.
•Led the league in 1961 in Receiving yards (1,746)
Hall of Fame Teammates
ARK-La-Tex Pro Athlete of the year in 1961.
A LIFE OF SERVICE
•Elementary Supervisor, Louisiana Dept. of Education in Baton Rouge (1967-68)
•Regional Manager for EDL/McGraw Hill Publishing company, New York, NY – covered 20-state Southeastern region (1968-72)
•Wrote the nation’s first performance contract at Texarkana ISD, Arkansas (1972)
•President of Education Achievement Corporation in Waco, TX – produced career guidance materials for elementary and junior high students (1972-77)
•Louisiana Deputy Superintendent of Education, LA Dept of Education in Baton Rouge – Chief Administrative School Officer (1977)
•Teacher, Dubberly, LA – Title I Reading and mathematics for 1st & 2nd grades, 1st grade Teacher (1977-79)
•Law Student, Tulane University in New Orleans (1979-80)
•Get Smart Tutorial Service in Minden, LA Shreveport, LA and Houston, TX – Tutorial service for elementary and secondary students (1979-80)
•Teacher, Phillips Middle School in Minden, LA (1980-81)
•Principal and Teacher, Founded Evangel Academy and Child Care Program in Shreveport, LA (1982-83)
•Personal Business, Shreveport, LA (1983-85)
•Teacher, Doyline Middle School in Doyline,LA (1985-86)
•President of Hennigan, Inc. in Houston – Founded Dr. Charlie’s Children and educational child care center, Early Childhood Education, childcare, testing, learning lab, ACT/SAT study courses, personal and professional development seminars (1987-1998)
•Teacher, Oak Ridge Elementary in The Woodlands, TX – First Grade & Reading (1988-1999)
•Teacher, Keithville Middle School in Shreveport, LA (1999-?)
•Teacher, Forcht Wade Correctional Center in Shreveport, LA – ABE-GED instructor (present, 2005)
Designed and implemented counseling and
educational program for court-ordered delinquent
students, aged 14-17, in Montgomery County, Texas.
Author – “Slick”, Bantam paperback original
Family 7 children
Not pictured Chuck and Stephen Hennigan. James, Taylor, Jordan, &Shalom .Faith He is the youngest child. Faith may have been born after this was taken.
Son of Roland and Rev. Lura Taylor Hennigan