The Las Vegas Raiders announced on Wednesday that former OT Mario Henderson has passed away at the age of 35.
“The Raiders Family is heavy hearted following the passing of Mario Henderson, who was a third-round draft pick and played four seasons with the Silver and Black. Everyone will miss Mario’s sense of humor and passion for football and life. The prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with Mario’s family and loved ones at this time,” via the team’s website.
His cause of death has not been announced.
Henderson was a former third-round pick by the Raiders in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Florida State. After finishing his four-year rookie contract, he signed a one-year deal with the Chargers back in 2012 as an unrestricted free agent.
However, he was among the Chargers’ final roster cuts coming out of the preseason and never caught with another NFL team.
From there, Henderson played for the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers in 2012 and the Arena Football League’s Utah Blaze and IFL’s Colorado Crush in 2013. He finished his football career back in the AFL with the Tampa Bay Storm in 2014 and 2015.
During his three-year NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, he appeared in 43 games and started 28 at left tackle for the Raiders.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Henderson’s family and friends.