Xavier Henderson

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Xavier Henderson has grown not only as a player, but also a leader

Xavier Henderson is one of the seniors playing his last home game for Michigan State on Saturday and his growth has been impressive.

It’s no surprise that Michigan State star safety Xavier Henderson has been making a name for himself throughout the fanbase and beyond, with the senior totaling 22 tackles and two forced fumbles throughout the season thus far, adding to his growing total of 235 career tackles.

However, it’s not just Henderson’s stats that have gained the attention of fans, but his character on and off the field as well.

Henderson really has stepped up into a leadership role for the Spartans, being named captain for the entirety of the  2021 season, and has been named captain a number of times in 2022. But titles are just titles, and Henderson’s personality and characteristics are really what makes him a standout.

In all honesty the guy is really humble, crediting his parents and coaches as the mold for him stepping up to the leadership position on a recent SD4L show, even citing Mel Tucker as the final push for him to step up as a leader for the Spartans.

And this has shown, from the various anecdotes from his teammates to his behavior during the tunnel altercation. His actions in the tunnel to de-escalate an ugly incident should have been celebrated but they were instead overshadowed by what happened. Henderson was a leader in the face of chaos. And that growth in his time as a Spartan has been fun to watch from his freshman season until now.

And as Henderson steps into the Woodshed one last time in his career as a Spartan, the fanbase (me included) really wishes him nothing but the best. One of the best leaders the Spartans have had in a while, Henderson really has cemented his legacy at Michigan State University.

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