Bigger, taller and stronger than me, the two Egyptians were difficult to defend. They played a scrappy, physical brand of ball.
Hendawi's career has included a number of major challenging assignments: the Iraq war, stating in in 2003; the turbulent years that have followed; and the Middle East as a whole.
He was promoted to bureau chief for the AP in Cairo in 2010.
In recent days, Hendawi's byline has appeared in publications spanning the globe, several stories on the coup d'etat of Egypt President Mohammed Morsi.
You never know who you'll run into.