GBW: Talk about coming back every year to University of Michigan for the Griese, Hutchinson, Woodson Champion for Children's Hearts Weekend.
Henne: "Obviously it is a great cause. Being here and going to the hospital when I was here (as a player), it ust brightens my day and puts a smile on my face. I think every year that you can come back and give back to those people and help somebody out in their lives, really makes you feel grateful for it."
GBW: Coming back to Ann Arbor, does it bring back some old memories from your playing days?
Henne: "There is a lot of storytelling going on. It's just great to see a lot of guys. You know everybody is doing their own thing now. A lot of guys are out of the league. And especially the older guys. You get the feeling of what was like when they were there, and what it was like when we were here. And it is just great camaraderie."
GBW: What are your thoughts on having Michigan coach Brady Hoke and the job he has done so far?
Henne: "The first thing is he is a Michigan man. (He) brought back the tradition. He is doing things the right way, and I think everybody respects that. And he is really on the right track. Obviously a great season last year. I think the guys are playing for him and believe in him."
GBW: There have been a lot of off-season issues in the NFL. In particular with the bounty program with the New Orleans Saints, and concussions getting more and more serious. What are your thoughts on both of those issues?
Henne: "Yeah definitely on the bounty program. We never heard of it. It's just sad to see that come out, especially as a quarterback you want to protect yourself as much as possible. Guys are out there and you're going to get hit. The way it is you have to stay in the pocket strong and you've got to prepare your body, you've got to stay healthy. But having someone put a number on your back—it is tough to take in and hopefully we can get it corrected with (NFL Commissioner Roger) Goodell.
"And with concussions, that is just the name of the game. It is kind of what we deal with and what we go through. And hopefully you are one of those guys that never really gets unconscious, and kind of go into the black stages where you're really in bad shape. I'm lucky I have never had that quite severe of concussion. And hopefully new tests can help us out and prevent a lot of that stuff."
GBW: How disappointing was the injury that ended your season last year with the Miami Dolphins?
Henne: "Yeah it was definitely disappointing. Obviously this was my contract year, and not being able to play with the Dolphins again and going to a new team. It was definitely tough for me, but we are adjusting pretty well. I'm really excited about the Jacksonville Jaguars. (We) got a young team, but we are up and coming. Coach Malarkey, our head coach is a superior guy, intelligent and a guy you want to play for."
GBW: You are with the Jaguars, are you going in there to compete for the starting job?
Henne: "Absolutely, I am not going there for anything else. I'm there to push Blain Gabber and see what happens. Blaine is a good quarterback and I am trying to help him learn as much as I can with my experience in the league—as much as I can do to help him—but at the same time we are going to be there to compete. "
GBW: What are something's you feel the NFL could do to help make the game more safe?
Henne: "Yeah it is unfortunate (that players get hurt), but at the same time wearing proper equipment, trying to get the new helmets (on players). (There are) Guys wearing new helmets, a lot of guys don't wear them because of the look. I've always worn the newest helmet that came out. It's only going to benefit yourself in the long run. And that is the basic thing. You've got to wear proper equipment.
GBW: When you go back to your days as a high profiled recruit. What were the deciding factors behind your decision to become a Wolverine?
Henne: "Definitely tradition, obviously seeing a lot of quarterbacks come through here, a lot of great ones. They always said Miami was quarterback U, but I do believe Michigan is right on the top with them. A lot of great people here, great coaches. Coach Carr brought me in. Coach (Scot) Loeffler my quarterback coach, we became really close. And I felt I would benefit from improving as a man and a player here at Michigan."