The Fall of Travis Henry

From the Associated Press: 

The Denver Broncos released running back Travis Henry on Monday, saying his commitment to the team was in question.

Henry rushed for over 1200 yards with the Titans in 2007, but always had his substance abuse problems hanging over his head. Last season with the Broncos, he originally failed a drug test, but claimed the test must have been wrong. Showing a ton of confidence in his player, Mike Shanahan totally went to bat for him. In the end, this loyalty paid off, well at least in the short run. Henry was exonerated, and able to continue playing.

Well, Shanahan’s loyalty can only go so far. Today, after the release, he sent forth this statement: “We did not feel his commitment to the Broncos was enough to warrant a spot on this football team,” Shanahan said. “Although Travis has the ability to be one of the top running backs in the NFL, we have to make decisions that are in the best interests of our organization and its goal of winning a Super Bowl.” 

*As a side note, this happens to be the year that Henry would have received a $6 million dollar bonus. I’m sure that helped speed along the process.

 I really believe that Henry is one of the better RBs in the league, and a very dynamic talent. It’s a shame that he seemingly couldn’t put the effort together when it mattered most. It amazes me when talented athletes such as reformed Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton or former LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux couldn’t adapt to the situations in front of them. I guess idle hands are the devils playground.

 For his sake, I hope Henry can turn things around.

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