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Football: The sad story of Steve Hendrickson

Long-time Cal football fans will remember Steve Hendrickson, a ferocious linebacker recruited to Berkeley by Joe Kapp who exceleed on Bruce Snyder’s early teams.

Hendrickson, from Napa, earned Cal’s Joe Roth Award as a senior in 1988, given to the player who exemplifies the “courage, sportsmanship and attitude” ot the late quarterback.

Hendrickson went on to play in the NFL.

Now  45, Hendrickson is suffering the ravages of his football career, including a loss of short-term memory that has led to him being unemployed the past six years and divorced.

From the Napa Register, here’s a terrific but sad and cautionary story on Hendrickson’s decline.

Jeff Faraudo