Mitchell Henry (1992 - 2017)

Mitchell Henry, a former NFL tight end, died Friday, June 30, 2017, of leukemia, according to multiple news sources. He was 24.

After an impressive college football career at Western Kentucky University, Henry signed with the Green Bay Packers in 2015. He played two games for the Denver Broncos that season before returning to the Packers’ practice squad.

In 2016, just days after being released from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad, Henry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He had been complaining of pain, and doctors discovered a mass in his chest.

Although he did not have much playing time in the NFL, teammates and coaches took to social media to share their condolences.

“During his time with the Packers, he quickly became a beloved member of our family and made a terrific impression on everyone in our organization. We were fortunate to have had him in our lives,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

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Henry was born Dec. 11, 1992, in Lexington, Kentucky. At Western Kentucky, he played in 47 games, with 78 receptions totaling 1,094 yards. He scored 12 touchdowns.

“Leukemia didn’t win, you won my dude. You have made me a better Christian, husband, and friend. My heart hurts, the tears cannot stop, but I know without a doubt, you are in Heaven celebrating with Our Lord and Savior,” former Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty posted on Twitter.

Henry is survived by his wife, Madison.

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