Morgantown, West Virginia – Chris Henry, who played wide receiver for the West Virginia Mountaineers from 2002-2004, passed away on this day eleven years ago in 2009.
While at West Virginia, Henry earned Big East Conference Freshman of the Year honors and was named All Big East second team after having 41 receptions for 1,006 yards and 10 touchdowns.
As a sophomore, Henry caught 52 passes for 872 yards and 12 touchdowns. Following his sophomore season, Henry announced that he was entering the NFL Draft.
Henry was selected in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played until 2009. During his five year career in Cincinnati, Henry caught 119 passes for 1,826 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Henry had many issues off the field and multiple run-ins with law enforcement, and was suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He was arrested in 2009 and was waived by the Bengals soon after.
Later that year, Henry was killed at 26 years old when he fell out of the back of a moving truck during a domestic dispute with his fiancee. Although he had many struggles during his time at West Virginia and in Cincinnati, Chris Henry passed away far too early in life.
Chris Henry, 1983-2009…Once a Mountaineer, Always a Mountaineer.