Blog Entry

Henry had changed

Posted on: December 16, 2009 8:13 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2009 8:13 am

During my camp visit this summer to see the Cincinnati Bengals, I had a short chat with Bengals receiver Chris Henry.

I had talked to Henry only briefly in the past, but his well-earned reputation for trouble was something I knew all about. His middle name was "Knucklehead."

I introduced myself and then told Henry that I had heard good things about his turning his life around, and that his problem days seemed to be in the past. The Bengals were thrilled with his change. Some coaches and players said he was a really good guy who just had issues when he was drinking -- and that he had stopped that and had matured, putting his vices to the side.

"I will get back with you later this year and do a column on how you've turned it around," I told him. "You have a good message to tell to kids."

"Thank you," he said. "I messed up, but I can help some kids to see that you can get past that stuff."

I never wrote the column.

I wish I did.

Henry suffered life-threatening injuries when he was thrown from a truck Wednesday afternoon in the Charlotte, N.C. area. Henry was in North Carolina to be with his fiancée in part because he was on injured-reserve with a broken forearm.

That's the reason I didn't get around to writing the Henry column. I thought he was set for a big year, but the injury ended that.

The Bengals expected big things as well. I remember Carson Palmer telling me this summer that Henry had a gear when the ball was in the air that no other receiver had -- including Chad Ochocinco.

"He's going to have a huge season," Palmer said.

Instead, he's in a hospital fighting for his life. The circumstances of his accident are still be studied, and some are already probably saying it was just Henry being Chris Henry the bad guy again. Here's hoping that's not the case.

I hope he makes it. He has a too good story to tell, and I still want him to be the one to tell it.


Category: NFL
Tags: Chris Henry

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 11:28 pm

Henry had changed

Whatever happened, this is no time to trash Henry.  It sounds like he's fighting for his life and we all need to support him, regardless of our own football or moral opinions about the guy.  Here's hoping that he'll make it through, I know I'm prayin for him.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 11:26 pm

Henry had changed


Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2009 10:58 pm

Henry had changed

I do hope he gets better but changed his life around? Hardly. It's been characterized as a domestic dispute that involved him chasing his fiancee. That doen't aoiund like a story I'd like to write. It sounds like just the same old story.

Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2009 10:37 pm

Henry had changed

It's Henry's fault. What the hell did he jump in the back of a truck for?

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 10:25 pm

Henry had changed

I understand your point about credibility, but that's not the point of a blog. Obviously you don't want to have grammar mistakes in it, but the point of a blog is to get information out quickly. It's stuff that you write off the top of your head. It's reactionary. In an article there are interviews that need to be done, research, editing. A blog doesn't have all that. But yes, if there's a mistake the writer should/will go back and correct it.

As far as CBS reporting he died, I didn't see that, but if that's true, that's embarrassing. Talk about jumping the gun. You can't get something like that wrong.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2009 10:14 pm

Henry had changed

The writer of a "BLOG!" and the writer of an "article" only hope for one thing: credibility. Spelling and grammar are rules of writing. If you can't manage basic rules, I can't find you credible.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 10:06 pm

Henry had changed

It sounds to me like he is brain dead and they are just keeping him on life support until his mom and some other family arrives this evening. So CBS was just probably premature in their reporting, and out of respect to the family they were either asked to retract that or did so voluntarily.

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2009 9:22 pm

Henry had changed

This is a very thoughtful and well written blog article.  We all hope for the best for Chris and his family.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2009 9:09 pm

Henry had changed

Plus, if it is just a blog and not a big deal, why did cbssports go back and fix it?

As I said, I understand the content in the article.  It is a truly sad story, but for cbs to make a statement saying CH died is absurd.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2009 9:07 pm

Henry had changed

That is my exact response to people who write on the message boards.  BUT, he is paid for this.  He probably get 6 digits for this.

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