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For those looking to remember Chris Henry in ways other than that, you have to dig pretty deep. On the one-year anniversary of his death, those who were close friends with him still carry on his memory.
Henry, who was visiting his fiancée's family in Charlotte, N.C., fell out of a pickup truck driven by his fiancé on Dec. 16 and died a day later.
Thoughts of Henry have become more prevalent over the past month. There was the emotional Thanksgiving Day feature on CBS’ The NFL Today of the five transplant recipients who received organ donations after his death.
Throughout it all, Henry’s mother has remained as a source of strength for others. During her eulogy, in which there were no prepared remarks, she delivered one of the most resonating lines of the service: “Look at my baby. Look at how he changed. God has a plan for this bad boy thug.”
Those words still live on today. His mother can still see her son’s legacy living on in the transplant patients and Henry’s four children. Henry’s brain was also the subject of a study conducted by West Virginia University on the effects of concussions.
For the most part though, the one-year anniversary of Henry’s death will be quiet. No moments of silence or tributes are planned for Sunday’s game against Cleveland.
Except for the CBS feature, coverage has been minimal. Henry is remembered more for how he turned his life and career around the last two years than the one who had frequent off-the-field incidents his first three seasons in the league.
“You have a couple idiots who bring up the old stuff, the negative,” Ochocinco said. “He turned that corner, he was doing right, especially on the field. He was getting ready to get married, the whole nine yards.”
• Photos: Chris Henry and family
• Henry tradgedy: The 911 call
• Photos: The accident scene
• Video: Feature on Henry's organ recipients
• 2009 feature: Chris Henry - Family guy
• Photos: Chris Henry funeral