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Chris Henry (born May 17, 1983 in ) is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia.

Henry has been involved in a string of legal troubles during his professional career, which include several arrests for such offenses as driving under the influence, marijuana possession, assault, and criminal damaging. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2008 season. He had trouble free 2009 season where he has been deep threat for the Bengals. He suffered broken forearm while making a 20 yards reception against Baltimore Ravens. He appears to be out for rest of the 2009 season.

Early years

Chris Henry was born to Carolyn Lee and David Henry in Belle Chassemarker, Louisianamarker. Henry attended Belle Chasse High School where he was named New Orleansmarker small schools offensive player of the year during his senior year. During that season the Fighting Cardinals made it to the Louisiana AAA State championship game, which was played at the Louisiana Superdomemarker. Henry also excelled in basketball and track.

College career

Chris Henry enrolled at West Virginia Universitymarker in 2002, spending his first season as a redshirt. In 2003, he earned Big East Conference freshman of the year and All-Big East second-team honors for catching 41 passes and gaining 1,006 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns. He also became the second player in school history to record over 1,000 receiving yards in one season. Henry's best game was a career-high performance of 209 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse. Also, his career-long reception came against Rutgers that season, an 83-yard reception. Henry's 1,006 yards was second most in a season in school history, behind David Saunders, and his 20.19 yards per reception are the third most in a season in school history.

In 2004, Henry started seven games and caught 52 passes for 872 yards with 12 touchdowns. After catching three passes in a 30-18 loss to Florida State in the 2005 Gator Bowl, Henry announced that he would enter the NFL Draft. Henry's 12 touchdowns ties him with Darius Reynaud for the school's single-season touchdown record. while his 52 receptions are the eighth most in a season

Chris Henry majored in athletic coaching education.


Henry is the third player in Mountaineers' history to average more than twenty yards per catch for his career. Henry's 1,878 career receiving yards is eighth most in school history, while his 93 receptions are the 14th most. His 22 touchdown receptions are also second most in school history. Henry's 6 career 100-yard receiving games is also tied for third most in school history.

Professional career

First stint with Bengals

Chris Henry made his NFL debut September 16, 2005 against the Minnesota Vikings. In his rookie season with the Bengals, he amassed 31 receptions for 422 yards and 6 touchdowns. In the Bengals' first playoff game in fifteen years against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had a reception for 66 yards on the Bengals' second play from scrimmage. However, on the play, both he and Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer suffered knee injuries. The Bengals lost 31-17.

In his second season, Henry totaled 605 yards on 36 receptions for 9 touchdowns, with an average of 16.8 yards per catch. On the second game of the season against the Cleveland Browns, Henry recorded 5 receptions for 113 yards, while he recorded two touchdowns the next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Off-field issues ruined Henry's season though, as he was suspended for five games. In the season finale against the Steelers, Henry totaled 124 yards off of 4 receptions and scored one touchdown. The Bengals lost.

Henry was suspended for eight games in 2007. (see Off-the-field problems section below). He returned in Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens, where he had four receptions for 99 yards. In the following loss to Arizona, Henry totaled 8 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. Henry finished the season with 21 receptions for 343 yards and two touchdowns.

Following his arrest in April 2008, Henry was waived by the Bengals. President Mike Brown explained that Henry had forfeited his opportunity to pursue a career with the Bengals and that his conduct could no longer be tolerated.

Return to Cincinnati

On April 7, 2008, ESPN radio analyst and former player Michael Irvin said he took a phone call from Henry, discussing "cleaning up his act", much like Irvin encouraged Adam "Pacman" Jones to do. Henry and Jones were teammates at West Virginia. Both served NFL suspensions imposed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2007 NFL season. See also, National Football League player conduct controversy.

With Bengals receivers Chad Ocho Cinco, T. J. Houshmandzadeh and Andre Caldwell nursing injuries during the 2008 preseason, Henry was re-signed to a two-year contract by the Bengals on August 18. The move came less than a month after Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stated the team had no interest in bringing back Henry. After serving his four-game suspension to begin the 2008 season, Henry was activated from the exemption list on October 4. Running back Kenny Watson was released to make room for Henry on the roster. Henry finished the 2008 season with 19 receptions for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns.


Off-the-field problems

Since his college days at West Virginia University, Chris Henry has had a checkered off-field reputation. He also had several on-field incidents. During his redshirt sophomore season, he was ejected from a game at Rutgers Universitymarker due to multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was suspended for the season finale against the University of Pittsburghmarker.

  • January 30, 2006: Henry was arrested in Orlandomarker, Floridamarker for multiple gun charges including concealment and aggravated assault with a firearm. He was reported to have been wearing his #15 Bengals jersey at the time of his arrest. Henry pleaded guilty and avoided jail time in both cases.

  • May 4, 2006: Cincinnatimarker media reported that Henry was being investigated by Covingtonmarker, Kentuckymarker police in connection with a sex crime which allegedly occurred in a Covington hotel room in the early morning of April 30, 2006. No charges have yet been filed, and on May 24, 2006, Covington police reported that there is no proof anything happened and that the alleged victim might have concocted the story and may face charges for filing a false police report.

  • October 6, 2006: Henry was suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policies. NFL policies forbid Henry from taking part in practices, however, he was allowed to attend any team meetings. Henry missed the Bengals' October 15, 2006 game at Tampa Bay and their October 22, 2006 home game versus Carolina.

  • January 25, 2007: Henry plead guilty to charges of providing alcohol to minors, an incident that occurred at a hotel in the spring in 2006. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with all but two of those days being suspended.

  • April 10, 2007: Henry was suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 NFL season for violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy. His suspension comes with a stern warning that future misconduct may result in the end of his career with the NFL. Henry was given permission by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to begin practicing fully. His suspension was lifted and he played in the November 11, 2007 game versus the Baltimore Ravens, amassing 4 catches for 99 yards.

  • May 18, 2007: It was reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer that Henry allegedly failed a court-mandated drug test. The report showed that he had taken an opiate, but the result was later proven to be false. The failed drug test would have been the third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. A third violation, per league rules, results in a one-year suspension. In addition to having his suspension increased to 24 games, he would have had to serve an 88 day jail sentence. As of May 23, 2007, the State of Kentucky has reported that Henry in fact did not fail a drug test, and that earlier reports to the contrary are erroneous.

  • June 12, 2007: Henry allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old boy with teammate Reggie McNeal. The claims were later reported to be unfounded and Henry and McNeal have been exonerated.

  • December 3, 2007: Henry arrested for the second time in Orlandomarker, Floridamarker for violating his probation he was on from a January 30, 2006 arrest. On February 21, 2008 he was found not guilty. On February 26, 2008, a motion to terminate probation in Orange Countymarker, Floridamarker was denied.

  • March 31, 2008: Henry was alleged to have punched a man named Gregory Meyer, 18, and thrown a beer bottle through the window of his car. Henry claimed it was a case of mistaken identity and also that he thought it was somebody else that owed him money. Henry was waived by the Bengals a day after this arrest and was then forced to serve a house arrest sentence.

Chris Henry during 2009 training camp

According to several publications, including the team's website, Chris Henry has been impressive during the Cincinnati Bengals' voluntary training camp during the team's organized team activities.

“This is a great opportunity for me that I’m going to make work,” Henry said. “I just got tired of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I had to do it for me and my family. I love to play football and I don’t want to blow it. It’s totally different. I’m not worried about anything negative going on in my life. I’m out here practicing with my teammates and go home to my family”.

With normal weak side (or "X") receiver Chad Ochocinco working out in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, Chris Henry has been getting frequent snaps at the position.

Said quarterback Carson Palmer: "He's had an offseason like no other; he's worked here every single day. He has a great attitude. I'm just really proud of the guy. I'm happy for him. He's at a good place in his life, a good place for his family. He's showed up to work here and he will all year long. There's not a doubt about that".


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