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December 18, 2009 by  

Wsoc | usspost:Chris Henry, a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals died today from injuries sustained after falling off a pickup truck driven by his fiancée. Chris was 26 years old. Here are some  career highlights:

  • New Orleans offensive player of the year his senior year
  • 2003 Big East Conf. freshman of the year at West Virginia
  • Averaged more than twenty yards per catch in college
  • 3rd round draft pick, Cincinnati Bengals in 2005
  • 31 receptions for 422 yards, 6 TDs his rookie season
  • Pro career 55 games played, 119 receptions, 1826 yards, 21 TDs.

According to the Bengals team website Henry was “on injured reserve since Nov. 9 with a dislocated forearm.” His fiancee’s parents live in Charlotte where the accident occurred.

Chris has had a career of highs on the field, personal and legal troubles stemming from drugs, alcohol, and a quick temper. He had four arrests, three NFL suspensions. The Bengals released him in April 2008, but re-signed with the team in August the same year.

Chris had been make strides in turning his life around. WSOC TV quotes quarterback Carson Palmer as saying prior to training camp:

“He’s changed his life around. He ran into some trouble, made some bad decisions, and realized that. He’s sorry for them, apologized for them, and has done everything he can to make himself a better person. I’m just proud of him.”

Here is an affirmation for those of us who like Chris, have so much potential but find ourselves constantly battling inner demons. Demons of temperament, addictions, bad habits, bad relationships and insecurities who entice and entrap us. Who beguile, coerce, bewitch and abandon us. Leaving us precariously placed on a razors edge separating us from the stellar achievement of fulfilling our God given potential and abject failure of a life wasted.

Abba Father

I will guard my heart. I will not let the self the flesh rule over me. Anger will not rule. Shame will not rule. Hurt will not rule, Disappointment with mere men will not move me. But I will manifest the fruit of the spirit:

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

I will be: patient, kind, not envious. not a braggart, not puffed up or self absorbed; not rude, not self-serving, not easily angered nor resentful.

I will look beyond me and fight any injustice with love. I will rejoice in the truth. I will bear, believe, hope and, endure all things.

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