The tragic, untimely death of Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver Chris Henry has sent shock waves across the NFL.
In the Eagles' locker room, two of Henry's former teammates with the Bengals discussed the heartbreaking passing of the 26-year-old.
"It's tough because I used to hang out with the guy," said cornerback Geoffrey Pope, who was Henry's teammate for 2008 and most of the 2009 season. "He was just a great guy and I can't even speak about his athletic ability. He was one of the most athletic people I've ever met or ever checked one-on-one.
"Some of the stuff on the practice field, you wouldn't believe it. So it's just tough for me right now to believe one day you're here and one day you're gone."
Offensive lineman Stacy Andrews was also a teammate and friend of Henry's. Andrews played five seasons with the Bengals, and he remembered the difference in Henry after the wide receiver was re-signed to the Bengals organization in 2008 after a season-long suspension in 2007.
"You could tell he was a changed man, you could see it in his eyes," Andrews said. "He wanted to do the right things for his family and the team."
Andrews said he and Henry used to go shopping together, and he last spoke to Henry in March.
"He congratulated me (on signing with the Eagles) and I told him to keep his head up and do the right thing," Andrews said. "You really don't think about things like that, things of that nature. So, when it comes around it's a big shock to you and it's a sad event."
Pope has been in touch with several Bengals' players since word of Henry's accident first broke.
"I talked to a couple of guys," Pope said. "From what I could get from them, they were taking it pretty tough in the facility when (Bengals head) Coach (Marvin) Lewis broke the news. It's just kind of unbelievable."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:41 p.m., December 17