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Domata Peko dedicates win over New Orleans to Chris Henry

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"I was thinking about him this whole time and I dedicate this win to him," Peko said.

Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Slim.

Most Bengals fans immediately know the word.

Former Bengals wide receiver Chris "Slim" Henry died five years ago, a week before Christmas in 2009. He's always remembered by the players and fans, who resolved their irritation and anger about his off-the-field choices into redemption and a parental sense of pride when family finally became his primary focus.

Henry's mother was asked by the team to attend Sunday's game, but she declined. Henry was born in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. He attended high school there, even played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the Louisiana AAA State Championship game. However, Henry's mother had moved to Cincinnati after Hurricane Katrina but didn't want to make the trip to New Orleans. It was emotionally too raw for her.

However players honored him. Per the Cincinnati Enquirer:

In the middle of his red tie, Bengals defensive lineman Domata Peko wore a small black pin with the No. 15 on it for former teammate Chris Henry. Peko said he hadn't been to New Orleans since attending Henry's funeral, and couldn't stop thinking about his friend ever since the team arrived here on Saturday.

"I was thinking about him this whole time and I dedicate this win to him," Peko said.

Peko added #ChrisHenry when doing a selfie with his defensive linemates.