Josh Henkin is a former professional football player who played for the New England Patriots from 2005 to 2009. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2008, but did not make their active roster until 2010. After spending time with several teams during his NFL career, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 and spent most of his season there before being released. He then signed with the New York Jets in 2012, where he spent most of his season. He was released again after just one year with the team.
In 2013, he joined the Detroit Lions as a free agent and had a successful rookie campaign, starting five games at left guard. However, injuries limited him to only six starts over two seasons (2014 and 2015) for the Lions before signing with the Cleveland Browns last offseason. He currently is signed to the Lions.
Injuries have always been a problem for the former guard, having undergone four surgeries since entering the NFL in 2012. He’s had two back operations, an ankle surgery and most recently, a knee replacement. In 2016, he spent six weeks on injured reserve with a sprained MCL. His knee was so bad at one point that it caused him to limp while standing on the sidelines during games.
In a 2013 interview with the Detroit News, he mentioned that he was considering getting the knee replacement when he was in his early 20s, before the NFL draft.
While still recovering from his first back surgery in 2012, he used to write down and diagram plays while on the trainer’s table.
The son of two lawyers, he played center and guard for his high school football team at Montclair Prep in Van Nuys, California. He was a three-year letterwinner and helped his team win the Division II state title as a senior.
While enrolled at UCLA, he was a four-year letterwinner (2002-05). He started all but two games at center during his final three seasons and became the first player in school history to be named first-team All-America by Sports Illustrated in 2005. The following year, he was also named to the second-team All-America by the Associated Press. He was awarded the Team Most Valuable Player Award in 2005.
His college football jersey number (#63) was retired by the school in 2006.
When he played in the NFL, he weighed between 315-330 lbs.
He has a son and daughter.
He owns a home in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
He is the founder of the Interstate Dental Group in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
He is a Christian. He said the death of his grandmother when he was five years old prompted him to seek religion and helped to instill in him a belief in God.
He is an advocate for animal rescue groups and frequently promotes animal adoption via his social media accounts.
In 2016, he was a contestant on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” and made it to the semi-finals.
He has a degree in political science from UCLA. While at UCLA, he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity (Rho chapter).
His father and grandfather both played football at Northern Iowa University in the late 1960s.
He works as an attorney in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
He won the lottery in California in 2013, netting him $5.4 million after taxes. He used $1 million of his winnings to help open an animal shelter.
He owns two Pomeranians named “Barkley” (male) and “Sophie” (female).
He owns a black belt in taekwondo.
His favorite sport outside football is professional wrestling. The first event he ever attended was a taping of WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” in 2013. He has met several professional wrestlers including: John Cena, Triple H, Kane, Daniel Bryan, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He has been on the set of the TV show “WWE Smackdown” as a special guest and also took part in the crowd scenes of the movie “Fighting with My Family”
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Concentrations of glycolytic enzymes and other cytosolic proteins in the diffusible fraction of a vertebrate muscle proteome by DW Maughan, JA Henkin, JO Vigoreaux – Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, 2005 – ASBMB
Mutations that affect flightin expression in Drosophila alter the viscoelastic properties of flight muscle fibers by JA Henkin, DW Maughan… – American Journal of …, 2004 – journals.physiology.org
Mass processing—an improved technique for protein identification with mass spectrometry data by JA Henkin, ME Jennings, DE Matthews… – Journal of …, 2004 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
The kettlebell lunge clean exercise by J Henkin, J Bento, C Liebenson – Journal of …, 2018 – bodyworkmovementtherapies.com
Early results of the meaningful use program for electronic health records by A Wright, S Henkin, J Feblowitz… – … England Journal of …, 2013 – Mass Medical Soc
ABT-510, a modified type 1 repeat peptide of thrombospondin, inhibits malignant glioma growth in vivo by inhibiting angiogenesis by …, W Wang, LB Nabors, J Henkin… – Cancer biology & …, 2007 – Taylor & Francis
Beginning of viniculture in France by …, GR Hall, T Davidson, JM Henkin – Proceedings of the …, 2013 – National Acad Sciences
Non-destructive chemical analysis of a Garcinia mangostana L.(Mangosteen) herbarium voucher specimen by D Kao, JM Henkin, DD Soejarto, AD Kinghorn… – Phytochemistry …, 2018 – Elsevier
Weight training exercise apparatus and methods of manufacturing a weight bag forming a part of a weight training exercise apparatus by JA Henkin – US Patent 8,276,351, 2012 – Google Patents