Chris Henry, late receiver for the Bengals, died on December 16 after a fall from a moving pickup truck and an argument with his girlfriend and mother of his 3 children. Henry was 26. Henry had had a lot of things in his life that had not been as great as they could have been but after his death, four people found hope in a life lived on.
Chris Henry, before he passed away, was known by most only as a guy who had had a lot of trouble earlier in his career. Most casual observers only knew him as this guy. After his death, those closest to him in the NFL tried to make it known that Henry wasn't JUST that guy. That he was much more. That he was trying to change his life. That he was an untapped talent in most respects. Henry's life was cut short in a sad ending. But, his spirit continues in a life lived on.
Henry's mother, Carolyn Glaspy, donated his organs at the time of his death. On Sunday, during the CBS NFL pre-game show, an absolutely amazing piece was shown on just what that decision has meant to 4 people. The man who received Henry's lung, a woman who received a kidney and pancreas, a man who received his liver, and another man who received the other kidney were all there with Henry's mother sharing their gratitude for the decision she had made. They were all there, all of them who would now probably be dead or on their way to death, alive because of Henry's life lived on. Glaspy's decision allowed 4 people and their families and friends to celebrate another Thanksgiving together.
CBS NFL pre-game host James Brown was so moved by the piece he was unable to speak after it aired. I have to say I was as well. Henry had a life of hardships, some self-inflicted, and a life of enormous talent on the field. He had a family, children, friends, and other players who loved and respected him. He was only 26 years old when he died. A life cut short and now a life lived on.