As a three-time Super Bowl Champion and Air Force fighter pilot with 45 combat missions, Chad Hennings has both lived excellence and has been a part of organizations that exude excellence. Excellence is a lifestyle not a destination. Hennings defines what this lifestyle entails and shares his experiences as to how individuals and corporations can respectively live a life of excellence and create a culture of excellence.
It Takes Commitment
Chad Hennings knows the meaning of commitment. After graduating from the US Air Force Academy as one of the most decorated college football players in history, Hennings had to postpone any potential career in the NFL because he made a commitment to serve in the Air Force as a pilot flying A-10 “Warthogs”. Hennings ultimately flew 45 missions into northern Iraq in support of Operation Provide Comfort and played in three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys. Hennings shares his experiences of flying combat missions and playing in Super Bowls and how commitment is the trait that must be at the core to any set of core values and culture to live excellence.
Three-time Super Bowl Champion and Air Force fighter pilot, Chad Hennings knows what it means to perform. Hennings was able to achieve great success in multiple arenas by overcoming any obstacle by his work ethic and performance in high stress environments. Hennings approached his faith journey with the same mindset – it was all about his performing by checking off tasks by what he perceived a good Christian to be. But then his world changed forever when his young son became gravely ill and he could not “fix it.” Through this struggle Hennings discovered his true identity and what Being in God’s Kingdom truly entails.
Three-time Super Bowl champion and Air Force veteran Chad Hennings’ successes began long before his professional football career. An accomplished lineman in high school, Hennings was offered full scholarships from universities across the nation. Instead, he chose to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he racked up numerous honors academically and on the gridiron.
Hennings’ exemplary achievements put him at the top of many draft lists and earned him a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster, but Hennings postponed his entry into the National Football League to fulfill his commitment to the U.S. Air Force. He entered the Euro-NATO program, a training program for top pilots, and soon found himself at the controls of the A-10 Thunderbolt.
During his four-year stint with the Air Force, Hennings flew 45 missions in support of Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, an effort that helped provide relief and humanitarian aid to Kurdish refugees. He received two aerial achievement medals, a humanitarian award and an outstanding unit award for his actions in the service.
After his discharge, Hennings joined the Dallas Cowboys, quickly earning a starting position as a defensive lineman. He spent his entire 9-year professional football career with the Cowboys, retiring in 2001 with three Super Bowl rings.
Since his retirement from the NFL, Hennings has found success as commercial real estate professional, author and motivational speaker. He established Wingmen Ministries, a Christian men’s ministry that concentrates on discipleship. Hennings is a partner/principal with Rubicon Representation LLC. He is the author of three books, “It Takes Commitment,” “Rules of Engagement,” and “Forces of Character.”
He lives in Texas with his wife Tammy. They have two children, Chase and Brenna.
- 1988 Graduate of the US Air Force Academy
- On Superintendent’s List (maintaining at least a 3.0 Grade point average and at least a 3.0 Military
- performance average) 7 of 8 semesters
- 1989 Graduate Of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program
- 1990 Graduate of Lead-in Fighter Training
- 1990 Graduate of RTU for the A-10 close air support aircraft
- Served 45 missions flying in support of Operation Provide Comfort in N. Iraq
- Earned 3 aerial achievement medals, 1 humanitarian award, 1 meritorious service medal, and 1
- outstanding unit award for actions in service
- Speak to Congressional forums on life at the Academy
- Speak at a national level for individual state Academy Days
- Speak at the National Character and Leadership Symposium at the Air Force Academy
- Perform Public Service Announcements for Air Force recruiting
- Selected as national spokesperson Today’s Military campaign
- Work with numerous non profits on raising awareness for TBI/PTSD
Collegiate athletic career
- 2 time Academic All- America
- Unanimous All-America
- Most Valuable Athlete for Air Force Academy
- WAC Defensive Player of Year and on All- Decade Team
- 1987 Outland Trophy winner signify outstanding Lineman in the country
- 19987 Washington DC Touchdown Club Lineman of the Year
- 1987 Freedom Bowl MVP
- 1987 Japan Bowl Most Inspirational Player
- Selected to be team Captain by teammates for Shrine All Star game
Professional athletic career
- Played nine seasons for the Dallas Cowboys as a starting defensive lineman
- 3 Super Bowl Championships – XXVII, XXVIII, XXX
- Have co-hosted own Radio/Television shows on Dallas Cowboys
Post Athletic career honors
- Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame – 2006
- Inducted into Iowa High School Football Hall of Fame – 2001-2002
- Inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame – 2005
- Inducted into Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame – 2004
- Inducted into National High School Hall of Fame – 2005
- Inducted into GTE Academic All- America Hall of Fame – 1999
- Inducted into inaugural Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame – 2007
- NCAA Silver Anniversary Award Recipient -2013
- Walter Camp Football Foundation Alumni of the Year 2014
- Author of the book, “It Takes Commitment”
- Founder of Wingmen Ministries
- Author of the book, “Rules of Engagement”
- Serve on board of Promise Keepers
- Selected Dallas Father of the Year in 2010
- Board of Advisors for North Texas Food Bank
- Board of Advisors for Center for Brain Health
- Author of the book, “Forces of Character”
- President of Hennings Management Corp.
- Partner/Principal in Rubicon Representation
- Chad is married to wife, Tammy. They have two children, Chase and Brenna.