Travis Henry

Travis Henry

Infobox NFLactive

currentteam=Free Agent
currentposition=Running back
birthdate=birth date and age|1978|10|29
birthplace=Frostproof, Florida
debutteam=Buffalo Bills
* Buffalo Bills (2001-2004)
* Tennessee Titans (2005-2006)
* Denver Broncos (2007)
* First-team All-SEC (2000)
* Pro Bowl selection (2002)
statlabel1=Rushing yards
statlabel2=Rushing average
statlabel3=Rushing TDs

Travis Deion Henry (born October 29, 1978 in city-state|Frostproof|Florida) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Tennessee.

A Pro Bowl selection with the Bills in 2002, Henry has also played for the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos.

Early years

Henry was a "Parade" All-American and "Mr. Florida Football" as a running back at Frostproof High School. As a senior, he rushed for 4,087 yards and 42 touchdowns in 14 games. His team was state runner-up that year. Henry also played basketball and ran track.

College career

Travis attended the University of Tennessee from 1997 to 2000. In his sophomore season, Travis was a member of the 1998 national championship team. He shared the backfield with fellow NFL running back Jamal Lewis his junior season and collected 916 yards and eight touchdowns. After his senior season, in which he rushed for 1,314 yards and 11 touchdowns, he was named first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the "Sporting News".

He holds the school records for yards rushing (3,078), rushing attempts (556), and 100-yard performances (14). He was nicknamed "Cheese" by his strength & conditioning coach for being as tough and strong as a block of government cheese.

Professional career

2001 NFL Draft

Henry was drafted in the second round (58th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

("* represents NFL Combine")

Buffalo Bills

As a Bill, Henry became the fourth-leading rusher in Bills history, with 3,849 yards and 27 touchdowns with a 4.0 yards per carry average. He earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2002 after he collected 1,438 yards and 13 touchdowns.

In 2004, Henry was injured for part of the year and lost his starting job to the Bills' 2003 first round pick, Willis McGahee. Henry refused to accept becoming McGahee's backup and demanded a trade. Buffalo conceded to his demand and traded him to the Tennessee Titans. Ironically, Henry had then become the backup to Chris Brown.

Tennessee Titans

In July 2005 Henry was dealt to the Tennessee Titans for a third round draft pick in 2006. Henry was suspended four games during the 2005 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

After playing backup to Chris Brown for his first season with the Titans, Henry had secured the role of starter, and, in 2006, achieved his first 1,000 yard season since 2003. On December 3, 2006, Henry became the 100th running back in NFL history to rush for over 5,000 career yards.

On December 24, 2006, Travis Henry broke the 1,000 yard mark for the 2006 NFL season against his former team, the Buffalo Bills. Henry played a significant role in the Titans' win as he rushed for 135 yards total. This put Henry at 1,103 rushing yards for the season, with 1 game still remaining, despite being inactive for 2 games. He finished the 2006 NFL season with 1,211 yards rushing at 4.5 yards per carry. He got into the end zone 7 times while only fumbling three times. He also caught 22 passes for 179 yards, at an average of 8.1 yards per reception, giving him 1,282 all-purpose yards. Nevertheless, the Titans released him, which was seen as a cost cutting move.

Denver Broncos

On March 3, 2007, Henry was released by the Titans. He signed with the Denver Broncos on March 5.

Henry led the NFL in rushing after the first four games of the 2007 season before injuries would keep him in and out of the lineup throughout the remainder of the season.

According to an article written by MyFOX Colorado, it was reported that Travis Henry faced the possibility of being suspended for the remainder of the 2007 season for a positive marijuana test. At the time of the incident, both the Denver Broncos and the NFL refused to comment on the situation. Henry appealed the suspension and his case was taken to Federal courts, allowing him to play until a decision was made.

Following the breaking news of Henry's reported positive failure, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan publicly supported Henry. [ [ Henry convinces Shanahan he did not violate substance abuse policy] ] This led to Shanahan being fined $25,000 by the NFL. [ [ Shanahan fined for comments about substance abuse program] ]

Henry won his appeal on December 4, 2007. Henry remained in the substance abuse program, but was not suspended. Henry stated the positive test result was due to second hand smoke. It must be noted that Henry is reported as passing a lie detector test, as well as a hair follicle test regarding whether or not he smoked marijuana.

On February 21, 2008, Henry restructured his contract with the Broncos prior to his scheduled $6 million bonus to stay with the team. [ [ Henry returning with redone deal] ] Henry had previously stated, "I want to make it right to the Broncos, the fans and myself," he said. "I want to be a Bronco and make it all right. I don't want to be anywhere else. I owe those people something for all that happened last year. I want to clear my name there. I'm so hungry to do right there." [ [ Henry aims to make good for Broncos] ]

On June 2, 2008, Henry was released from the Denver Broncos just one year into his five year $22.5 million deal. "We did not feel his commitment to the Broncos was enough to warrant a spot on this football team," said head coach Mike Shanahan in a prepared statement. “He’s just too inconsistent as a person. I’m not going to get into details what he did do or didn’t do. If you don’t do the little things, obviously you can’t count on somebody. So that’s why he’s released.” Henry at the time was reported to be out of the country and had not yet participated in any Broncos off-season workouts. [ [ Broncos Release RB Travis Henry] ] [ [;_ylt=Alxvlno1l8RkzLGLoPgucylDubYF?slug=ap-broncos-henry&prov=ap&type=lgns Broncos release RB Travis Henry - NFL - Yahoo! Sports ] ]

On July 12, 2008, it was revealed that Henry had once again tested positive for marijuana and will be suspended for one year. The failed test was reportedly dated in May 2008. The Broncos stated that the team was not aware of Henry's test results at the time he was released. [ [ RB Henry fails another drug test] ]


August 31, 2008, Travis Henry was suspended for at least one year by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. [ [] ]



As first reported in a Denver Post article [ Travis Henry at ease with big fatherhood statistics] ] , Travis Henry has fathered at least nine children among nine women. ESPN's Chris Mortenson also reported this during an episode of 'Sunday NFL Countdown' on October 7, 2007. Other reports state that he has had to borrow money from the Titans after falling behind in his child-support payments.


Henry's lawyer was quoted as saying of Henry, "He doesn't have any money. The guy has significant financial issues," and "I know these are a lot of kids, and there are some questions about it, but he's a really committed father." According to at least one collection agency, as reported by [ [ Felony filing possible for Broncos' Travis Henry?] ] , Henry wrote a bad check in Tennessee for expensive jewelry.

Drug Trafficking Arrest

On September 30, 2008, Henry was arrested by the DEA after allegedly being involved in a multi-kilogram cocaine transaction that occurred in Centennial, Colorado [ [] ] . Henry, portrayed by court documents "as the ruthless "money guy" in a cocaine trafficking ring", faces 10 years to life on federal drug trafficking charges. []


External links

* [ Official Website]
* [ Denver Broncos bio]
* [ Trafficking Arrest Warrant]

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