INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 28: Chris Henry #15 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 28, 2008 in Indianpolis, Indiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Cowboys’ back-up quarterback Jon Kitna remembers Chris Henry, like most current Bengals, as a man misunderstood early on in his career in the NFL. In 2005, Kitna played with Henry in his rookie season in Cincinnati, a tumultuous beginning to a too-short career.
Henry, of course, passed away early Thursday, the result of injuries suffered after falling out of the back of a pick-up truck.
Kitna took time on Thursday to discuss Henry as he remembers him.
“The guys I talked to the last couple of years have talked about his maturity and the way he had just really kind of grabbed life by the horns and was heading in the right direction and doing the right things,” Kitna said. “It's unfortunate. I got to know him a little bit when I was there and talked to him about his family situation. He had a great heart for other people, which is the thing about him.
"He might have gotten in trouble and some things like that but you couldn't deny his heart for others. His rookie year he had 18 family members living with him after [Hurricane] Katrina happened, displaced. As a rookie. It's hard to balance all that. It's just unfortunate."
Commissioner Roger Goodell has asked that all NFL teams observe a moment of silence before games this week.