Chris Henry Made the Most of Second Chances
After years of ups and downs—mostly downs—Henry was on track
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2009 12:20 PM CST
In this Aug. 2009 photo, Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is pictured at training camp at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., with his girlfriend Loleini Tonga and their three children.   (AP Photo/Dayton Daily News, Barry D. Scheffel)
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(Newser) – After years of drug- and alcohol-related incidents, five arrests, and multiple suspensions from football, Chris Henry’s life ended just when those troubles finally seemed to be over. Fianceé Loleini Tonga was the reason behind much of Henry’s recent happiness, Dashiell Bennett writes on Deadspin. Just hours before the accident that cost Henry his life, Tonga wrote on MySpace that the pair had bought their wedding rings, TMZ reports.

Bennett points to a “now haunting” Cincinnati Enquirer piece published 2 months ago, lauding Henry’s comeback on and off the field and his newfound commitment to his family. “This last troubling incident is made all the more tragic by the belief of those around him, that there wouldn't be any more,” Bennett writes. “Just like fellow NFL player Sean Taylor, his past did not ‘catch up with him,’ but the saddest stories are those that should have had a happy ending.”