July 16, 2009
Travis Henry, ex-Tennessee star and celebrity stud extraordinaire, has been sentenced to three years for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring between Montana and Colorado. A fireplug of a running back listed generously at 5'9", Henry still holds the school rushing record at my alma mater, including 43 of the most important yards in school history.
Arkansas -- like Tennessee, undefeated and harboring surprise championship hopes in late November -- had that game nearly on ice, and no one in Neyland Stadium who still has a pulse has forgotten the train that roared through following the infamous Clint Stoerner fumble: Five straight running plays and the score, courtesy of one Travis Henry, emblematic of the era when Tennessee was a rough-and-tumble barbarian squad, when every crucial down was a running down and even if you knew what was coming -- and of course you did, everyone did -- there was no stopping it. I had no voice for a week after.
Chris at Smart Football has some good thoughts up about the sentencing inconsistencies between Henry and other recent NFL arrests, but we can still give one more nod to Henry's on-field prowess. He has plenty of time now to mull over what went wrong for him outside the gridiron.