Players from Giants and Jets saddened by death of Chris Henry

Dec. 17, 2009 at 6:17 a.m.

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By Kimberley A. Martin



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Hours later, the Giants running back Brandon Jacobs still couldn't make sense of it. The tragic loss of not only a football player but a friend.

"I'm really hurt," said the Giants running back, who grew up with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry in Louisiana.

Henry, 26, died Thursday morning from injuries he sustained after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee in Charlotte, N.C.

"Life is short," Jacobs said. "Enjoy every minute of it. Enjoy every last minute of it. You never know when the last breath will come."

Word of Henry's passing put several Giants and Jets players in a reflective mood.

"He's a good receiver . . . Well, rest in peace. He was a good receiver," said Jets wideout Braylon Edwards, who was drafted in 2005, the same year as Henry, and played against Henry during his time in Cleveland. "He was a good player, had a lot of talent, had a lot of ability. He made a lot plays on us from time to time."

Edwards said he learned of Henry's death just before practice Thursday.

"You just have to watch yourself. Watch what you're doing," he said. "Try to stay focused on the things at hand — life, family, football. And I think if you try to stay within that realm then you'll be OK. It was very unfortunate what happened to Chris Henry and I think it can be a lesson to a lot of young guys."

Henry's athletic career was tainted by poor decisions and several brushes with the law. But those closest to him said he had finally turned his life around.

Giants cornerback Corey Webster knew Henry through a mutual friend, Skyler Green, who went to high school with Henry.

"He was just coming around, getting back in the flow of things," said Webster, who played AAU basketball, among other things, with Henry. "He had a few issues there in the beginning (of his career), but he put that behind him and he was moving forward. It's a tragic thing and our prayers go out to him and his family.

". . . You hate to lose anybody, but this guy was so young. It's a sad thing."

Said Jets safety Kerry Rhodes: "Even if you don't know him, that's a situation you don't want to hear about. It's very sad and I send my prayers out to him and his family."


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