Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris 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. Several years later, after posting 1,878 yards receiving and 93 receptions at West Virginia, the Cincinnati Bengals selected him in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft.
After a difficult relationship between the team and player (even fans/city and player), Henry eventually found his way and the Bengals were there to see him through it. Even fans honored their offer for a second chance.
Unfortunately, Henry tragically died during an accident on Dec. 17, 2009, at 26 years old.
With the Bengals returning to New Orleans, they wanted to bring his mother, Carolyn Glaspy. She declined. Glaspy moved to Cincinnati since Hurricane Katrina, and didn't want to make the trip. It's still too much.
"(The Bengals) asked me if I wanted to come to this game, but I just can't keep doing it to myself," said Glaspy via The Times-Picayune. "So I say, no, I'm going to watch y'all on TV. I just want the boys to go down there and do what they have to do to win this game."
Terrance Harris, with The Times-Picayune, writes a fantastic piece that updates us on Henry's family.