As noted in my earlier post, Chris Henry has died. Now, we all know Chad OchoCinco to be a funny player who loves to get attention from the media. Either through his crazy touchdown celebrations or his name changes, Chad OchoCinco is always in the news. This time, it’s for a much greater cause and has nothing to do with him.
This sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals play host to the San Diego Chargers in a key game to determine who will have the #2 seed in the AFC playoffs. In the game, Chad OchoCinco will wear Chris Henry’s #15 jersey as a way to honor him just as he did in Thursday’s team practices. It is against league rules though and OchoCinco will be fined. The National Football League’s Player Association(NFLPA) said that they will pay for any fines that OchoCinco may face for wearing Henry’s jersey. Unfortunately, they will not be able to do so because it is against league rules.
It is a wonderful thing that OchoCinco wants to do as honoring Henry is the least the Bengals could do. This team has gone through enough adversity as it is. Earlier this year Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer lost his wife and they had to get through that. There is no doubt in my mind that the Bengals can get through this tragedy as well. They will be stronger and tougher than ever and will give the Chargers everything they can handle. I pick them to win this week, just as they did the week Zimmer lost his wife.
Look out AFC, the Bengals have a goal in mind this season and are one of the strongest teams mentally as there is. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them in the AFC Championship game or even the Super Bowl. They have a great team of players with one of the top coaches in the league, in Marvin Lewis.
This weeks’ game is for you Chris Henry. You’ll be missed. Especially your smile and great attitude in the locker room.