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Profile of Travis Henry

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Henry’s Career in Football

Travis Deion Henry is an American formerly known as a sports star in the field of football. He was a running back player that had initially participated in Frostproof Middle-Senior High School. During his senior years at the Bulldogs football team, Henry had played in fourteen games in which he had a record of 4, 087 rushing yards, and forty-two touchdowns. Aside from football, he had also played for the track and field and basketball.

In his college years, from the years 1997 to 2000, he attended the University of Tennessee. In there, he played college football under coach Phillip Fulmer. However, he didn’t play much since during that season, several future NFL players, including Jamal Lewis and Shawn Bryson, were also on the team.

In the 1998 season, Henry was a sophomore when hebecomes a member of the 1998 Tennessee Volunteers Football Team. He had also played in the Fiesta Bowl, a National Championship, in the same year. During the championship, he had one reception for nine yards and nineteen rushes for twenty-eight yards.

Subsequently, the contributions had expanded during his sophomore years. On season game, he had about 176 rush. Meanwhile, in the regular-season game, he had a record of four touchdowns and four reception for 31 yards.In the following year, Henry continued to share the backfield with Jamal Lewis, another running back player. In the 1999 season, he had collected eight touchdowns and 961 yards.

When the 2000 season approached, Henry, now in senior year, had accumulated a rushing yard of 1,314 alongside his eleven touchdowns. Moreover, he also had the school record for 3,078 rushing yards, 556 rushing attempts, and a 100-yard performance. Consequently, his coach had given him the nicknamed ‘Cheese,’ stating that he was as tough as a block of government cheese.

Later on, the Buffalo Bills drafted him during the second round of the 2001 NFL draft. He was the second-round pick among the 58th overall pick. Henry’s career in the National Football League runs for about seven seasons. With the football team Buffalo Bills, Henry was the fourth-leading rusher in the team’s history. He had a record of twenty-seven touchdowns and 3, 849 yards. In 2004, Henry was injured. Willis McGahee then acquired the starting line-up of the Buffalo Bills’ first pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Afterward, Henry refused to be McGahee’s back-up and demanded a trade. Buffalo Bills then traded him to the Tennessee Titans. In there, he became the back-up of Chris Brown.

After spending his first season with the Titans as the back-up of Chris Brown, Henry had secured a starter position. In 2006, he had achieved his first 1 000 yards. He had also become the 100th among the running backs who had rushed for more than 5 000 career yards in the NFL history. However, the Titans released him, a move that was deemed as cost-cutting.

Afterward, Henry signed a contract with the Denver Broncos. However, in there, he faced the possibility of being suspended for being positive in marijuana tests. The Broncos, as well as the NFL, refused to comment regarding Henry’s situation. Henry appealed, and the case was taken to Federal courts. Thus, allowing him to play until a decision was made.

Subsequently, when breaking news stated that Henry’s reported positive failure, the Bronco’s head coach, Mike Shanahan, publicly supported him. With this, the NFL fined Shanahan $25,000. Following that, although Henry had won the appeal, he remained in the substance abuse program, but he was not suspended. He had also undergone to lie detector test and hair follicle test, in which both Henry passed. In addition, Henry stated that the positive result on the test was because of the second-hand smoke.

In 2008, the Broncos released him. Shanahan had stated that Henry was not committed and was inconsistent as a person. A month after that, Henry was once again tested positive for using marijuana. Following that, the NFL suspended him for one year due to a substance-abuse violation.

Life outside the Field

At the age of nineteen, Henry married a woman six years his senior. However, the marriage was later annulled. In 2009, Henry was engaged, although there was no reported marriage until the year 2016. Despite that, Henry had about eleven children to ten different women. With this, Henry had a hard time paying the children’s mother for child support. In March 2009, he was arrested and was charged after failing to pay $16,000 for child support. In addition to that, an estimated $170 001 per year was charged to Henry as payment for child support.

Aside from that, Henry was arrested for being allegedly involved with a cocaine transaction in Colorado. During that time, Henry had faced ten years on federal drug trafficking charges. Subsequently, in July 2009, Henry was sentenced to federal prison for three years for cocaine trafficking operation.

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