By now you’ve likely heard of the tragic death of Bengals WR Chris Henry, who passed away on Thursday one day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police said was a domestic dispute with his fiancée.
A tragedy such as Henry’s passing has a wide-ranging impact that begins with family and friends and spreads to teammates and the rest of the NFL, including the Vikings.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress mentioned to reporters on Thursday after practice that both FB Fahu Tahi and S Madieu Williams knew Henry from their time as Bengals players.
Another Vikings player – WR Darius Reynaud – was also connected to the fallen WR. Both Henry and Reynaud attended West Virginia University and the two were even teammates during the 2004 season. On top of that, Henry and Reynaud grew up 30 miles from one another just outside of New Orleans.
Reynaud said he remembers playing against Henry in high school and that once the two were both at West Virginia Henry took Reynaud under his wing and taught him how to be a WR.
“He took me in and showed me how to be a receiver,” Reynaud said on Thursday. “It was devastating to hear what happened yesterday (Wednesday). I’m still shocked to this point. He had just done an interview talking about his life changing around. And you could tell by the way he was talking that he’s changed.
“Just to hear what happened…life is short man. You’ve got to cherish every moment and live every day like it’s your last.”
My thoughts and prayers go out to Henry, his family and friends and the Bengals organization.
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