Dec 23, 09, 12:54 AM #1
Mates give Slim final goodbyeThe last time the Bengals came to New Orleans, native son Chris Henry had 100 yards, caught seven passes, and gave the youth football league standing on the sidelines in the corner of the end zone the thrill of the summer when he caught a 14-yard touchdown right in front of them.
That was the night they opened this preseason with stats that didn’t count. But when they returned Tuesday to Henry’s hometown on buses going over the Huey A. Long Bridge, named for another big-play guy, this one was for keeps. And like the man they called “Slim,” always seemed to do, he put on another show.
“Look at all the people that came. It just shows you how many people Chris touched,” said Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko. “People came from all over the United States. T.J. Houshmandzadeh came all the way from Seattle.”
Houshmandzadeh played alongside him at receiver for four seasons before signing with the Seahawks this year. Linebacker Brian Simmons, now a NFL scout, played with him for two seasons, and came from Florida. Reggie McNeal played with him for one year and came from Texas to be a pallbearer. Ben Wilkerson played with him for two years and came from Baton Rouge.
They re-joined the Bengals to bury the star-crossed Henry, 26 years young and seemingly free of a troubled past, six days after he suffered a head injury falling out of the back of a pickup truck driven by his fiancée. Six days to wonder why the comeback story full of love and football and – what else is there? – was suddenly no longer.
“Tough to see him there. Tough,” said Houshmandzadeh, blinking in the bright sun. “It’s so tough because everyone liked Slim. You know that locker room. He never had a bad word to say about anybody.”
Dec 23, 09, 12:55 AM #2RIP Slim. Still just as amazingly sad as it was a week ago...
Dec 23, 09, 08:17 AM #3
^ Yes it is.
- Join Date
- Jan 04
Dec 24, 09, 12:30 AM #4It still hasn't sunk in for me, RIP Slim.
Dec 24, 09, 12:38 AM #5