Dan Henning '60
Professional Football Player and Coach
Dan Henning was an American college and professional football player. A quarterback, he played collegiately at William and Mary, and professionally (in 1966) for the American Football League's San Diego Chargers.
He is the former Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons (1983-1986) and the San Diego Chargers (1989-1991) of the NFL. He was the head coach of the Boston College Eagles (1994-96). He then returned to the NFL as an offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills (1997-1998). After Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy retired partially due to his refusal to fire Henning, he left Buffalo.
More recently, he was the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers from 2002 until January 2007. Henning helped lead his team to the Super Bowl after the 2003 season. After the 2005 season in which the Panthers returned to the NFC Championship game, they were considered Super Bowl contenders in 2006. However, the offense struggled due to injuries and what critics deemed conservative play-calling by Henning, resulting in an 8-8 season