Childress sings Henderson's praises

As Brad Childress was besieged by questions about the future of Brett Favre Friday at the Combine, when asked about the recovery of E.J. Henderson, we learned one of his hidden talents is singing TV theme songs ... very old TV theme songs.

Brad Childress the next "American Idol?" Don't hold your breath, but it would appear that the Vikings coach might have been auditioning for "Indianapolis Idol" Friday.

During Childress' press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine Friday, he was asked about the health of E.J. Henderson as he recovers from his broken leg and Chilly broke into song.

Childress started to the answer the question, saying "He's coming around, walking with a cane" and then started singing the theme song to the 1950s/60s TV show "Bat Masterson," singing, "He wore a cane and a derby hat, his name was Bat, Bat Masterson."

Childress said Henderson had no idea what he was singing about – for the record, neither did most of the reporters on hand. Like Henderson, many had to Google search Bat Masterson to make the connection.

Childress said Henderson is making progress, but is no longer referred to as E.J. His nickname is now Bat. We'll have to see if that catches on or, like "The Silver Fox," it becomes a nickname used by one guy only. However, from the reaction he has received since making his public singing debut, don't expect to see Chilly breaking into song too often in the future – or at least updating his material before the next time.


  • To the surprise of nobody, Brett Favre's agent Bus Cook, at the Combine agents meeting, told the Star-Tribune he has no idea about Favre's future. Cook has become notorious for not knowing Favre's future plans or, if he does know, not saying.

  • During his press conference, Bears head coach Lovie Smith said it would be bad for the league if Favre doesn't return next year, although it would be good for the Bears if he didn't.

  • Childress said he intends to talk to Giants coach Tom Coughlin about the ongoing fumbling problems of Adrian Peterson. Coughlin had similar problems with fumble-prone veteran Tiki Barber. But, after working with Barber to carry the ball high against his chest, the fumbling problems went away. Childress is hoping to find a similar formula to cure A.D.'s bouts with fumblitis. At his press conference, Coughlin joked that such information is private and will remain that way, since the Giants and Vikings are conference rivals. The Vikings have said they are concerned about Peterson's fumbling problems, but don't intend to mess with his running style too much.

  • Recently released Brian Westbrook was interviewed by the Chicago media Friday and made a pitch for the Bears to sign him, saying he has admired the running ability of starter Matt Forte since he joined the league two years ago.

  • Reports say that the Vikings have met with the agent for Chester Taylor Friday. The goal, according to Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman, is for the Vikings to keep Taylor, despite the potential that he will hit the open market next week when free agency begins.

  • Former Viking Nate Burleson is set to hit the open market after the Seahawks franchised kicker Olindo Mare, not him. However, he has said he wants to remain with the Seahawks and wouldn't mind if they match any offer he might receive from another team. He said the same wasn't true when the Vikings let him leave as a restricted free agent, but the Seahawks put a poison pill in their contract offer that made it almost impossible for the Vikings to match.

  • Wide receiver Dez Bryant, projected as the first wide receiver to be taken in this year's draft, won't work out at the Combine after suffering a hamstring injury. Some reports claim the injury is severe enough that it might affect his Pro Day workout in two weeks.

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