Tragic Loss of Chris Henry

18 12 2009

There is always a little room for questioning when someone is taken from this earth too soon.  Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals was one of those people.  Henry died yesterday less than a day after he fell out of the back of a pickup truck.  Henry was only 26 years old.  It was reported that Henry was involved in a domestic dispute with his fiancée Loleini Tonga, who was behind the wheel when Henry yelled “If you take off, I’m going to jump off the truck and kill myself” Suicide was not at play but a tragic loss did follow.

Chris Henry had his struggles during his short NFL career by being arrested five times and suffering from injuries.  The public opinion of him was that he was trouble, but former teammate Andre Caldwell said “People thought he was a bad guy, but he had a big heart” and team owner Mike Brown added “We knew him in a different way than his public persona, he had worked through the troubles in his life and had finally seemingly reached the point where everything was going to blossom. And he was going to have the future we all wanted for him. It’s painful to us. We feel it in our hearts, and we will miss him.”

Even Henry knew he was coming out of his past and when training camp opened up this season he had this to say “I kind of felt like I dug myself out of the hole and started doing the right things.  People say, How you feeling now Chris? You doing all right?’ I just tell them I’m blessed. That’s why I got it.”

This season, Henry suffered from a thigh injury and broke his forearm in a game against the Baltimore Ravens.  In the eight games he played this season, Henry accumulated 12 catches, 236 yards, and two touchdowns.  For Henry’s career, he caught 119 passes for 1,826 yards with 21 touchdowns.  Those are pretty good numbers with all the troubles that he had to get through.

Chad Ochocinco said “My grandma always says you never question the man upstairs on decisions he makes, everyone makes mistakes, but I don’t see how Chris was supposed to go already, especially when he was on the right path. Other than that, he’s going to be missed.”  Henry will be missed, and the Bengals plan on dedicating this weekend’s game and the rest of the season to his memory.  Lets not remember him for his transgressions, but for the good he was accomplishing in his life, and his short lived career.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
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