White Man’s Vertical

Life 10/10/55
Life 10/10/55

Come on. White men can jump would have been too easy. I dated a guy in college who was very proud of his vertical; he could high-five popcorn ceilings like nobody’s business. But he had nothing on this coach, who seems to have jumped up to groin level with the nearby player. Assistant varsity coach Bill Henneberry looks about 20 years old, not much older than the students at San Francisco’s Sacred Heart High School. And that’s part of why he made it happen.

According to jumpshigher.com,

If you’re between 17 and 30 and in a somewhat fitter than average population, here are some numbers to shoot for.

Average Vertical Leap of NCAA Div. 1 Football player: 29-31 inches.
Average Vertical Leap of NCAA Div. 1 Basketball player: 27-30 inches

Meanwhile, Michael Jordan had a reported 48″ vertical, but that’s still short of the amazing Kadour Ziani, the world record holder at 60″ vertical (though a lot of places say 56″).

Now maybe you’re not fit or between 17 and 30, but coach Henneberry was. Just look at this lift.

LifeOct10-55004 That’s some enthusiasm over blocking an extra point kick.

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  1. That was the legendary Coach Bill Henneberry from San Francisco’s Sacred Heart High School. Taken in 1955 during the Bruce-Mahoney game between long-time rivals, Sacred Heart and Saint Ignatius, one of the nation’s oldest football rivalries (older than Harvard-Yale!), Coach Henneberry reacts to the game-winning touch down. The photo was captured by an amateur photographer and made its way to the cover of Life Magazine in October 1955.

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