Charles Mitchell Henry, a former NFL tight end, died at the age of 24 on June 30.
Henry played football at Western Kentucky University before going undrafted in 2015 and signing a contract with the Green Bay Packers. He also spent time playing for the Denver Broncos in 2015 and then the Baltimore Ravens in 2016.
Henry died after a well-documented battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was diagnosed in December 2016 with the disease and was released by the Ravens after he started to feel pain in his shoulder one month earlier. When he went to the doctor, they discovered a large cancerous mass in his chest.
In late May, he sent out statement on Twitter asking for prayers as he continued his battle with leukemia.
Henry was an avid outdoorsman and posted many photos of him hunting ducks and deer and fishing to his Twitter account.
He played four seasons at Western Kentucky University where he amassed 1,094 yards receiving to go along with 12 touchdowns. He went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, but signed a contract to play with the Packers. However, he was released by the team during final team cuts.
Just one day after being cut from the Packers’ roster, he was claimed off waivers by the Broncos and saw his first NFL action in two games during the first five weeks of the season. He was waived on October 14, 2015 to make room for the signing of tight end Richard Gordon.
Two days after he was dropped from the Broncos’ roster, he made his return to Green Bay when he signed a practice squad deal. He remained on the practice squad for the remainder of his rookie season and was re-signed by the team after the season ended.
Henry was on the roster during training camp, but missed a lot of time due to a groin injury and then broke his finger during a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. As a result, he had to wear a cast on his hand, and was placed on the injured reserve list on August 30, 2016. After reaching an injury settlement with Green Bay, he was released from his contract.
He later signed with the Ravens’ practice squad, but was released only three days after doing so.
Henry appeared in the two NFL games in his career, but didn’t record a reception.
During his battle with cancer, he received well-wishes from Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who said that he would “get support” from the team.
On December 5, 2016, Henry tweeted a screen shot from his cell phone showing that he received a message of support from Peyton Manning.
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