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Henry Feeling Blessed to Have Another Chance w/ the Bengals

Bengals WR Chris Henry has a new tattoo that says “blessed” on it, and he feels blessed to be able to be back in the league after all the off the field issues that almost cost him his career.

“I kind of felt like I dug myself out of the hole and started doing the right things,” Henry said. “People say, ‘How you feeling now Chris? You doing all right?’ I just tell them I’m blessed. That’s why I got it.”

Coaches and teammates have seen real change in the thin, soft-spoken receiver, who had ignored their advice about changing his lifestyle during his troubled times. He showed a new commitment to working out with the team and getting in top shape. He stayed out of trouble.

During an interview outside his dorm room at Georgetown College, the 26-year-old from suburban New Orleans talked freely about how his few months out of football last year became a bottoming-out moment.

“I don’t live the way I did in the past,” Henry said. “I kind of plan my days out and take it one day at a time and stay away from the wrong people. I’m not partying anymore. I’m just focused on football right now and my family. I don’t associate with the same people. I’ve completely changed everything.”

And the Bengals are counting on him to step up and fill a void and be the player they felt he could always be.


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