Ball was an inspirational captain under Peter Reid at the Stadium of Light and isn't surprised that Henderson is wearing the armband at Liverpool with such distinction.
He told the Daily Star: “Jordan does not possess an ego but he has this desire to support his mates even to the detriment of himself. He's the ultimate team man.
“As a youngster, he'd make sure everyone did their jobs properly, he was well organised and even suggested training exercises he'd seen elsewhere.
“He has that character which made others gravitate towards him and so if he wanted to do something, they would want to be part of it."