Brighton’s Drew Henson planning to attend Bulldogs’ state championship football game

The most famous Brighton Builldog of all time is coming back to Michigan to watch his alma mater play for a state championship.

Drew Henson, an All-American high school football and baseball player who graduated from Brighton in 1998, will be in attendance at Detroit’s Ford Field on Saturday as the Bulldogs play in their first-ever state championship football game, according to a story in He’s hoping to see a number of former teammates at the game.

“It will be fun catching up with everyone at the game and see what everyone is up to in their lives. I’m flying into Detroit the day of the game, so it should be fun,” Henson told

Henson, who currently lives in Florida, was one of the most highly touted high school athletes of all time when he played at Brighton. He ended up playing football at Michigan and baseball for the New York Yankees, never quite achieving the stardom in the pros that everyone had predicted.

But he did make his mark as one of only 70 athletes all time to have played in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. Henson recorded one hit as a member of the Yankees and threw for one touchdown pass as a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Of the 70, Henson is the most recent athlete to accomplish that feat.

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