When you hear someone has passed away, two of the first questions tend to be 'How?' and 'How old were they?' When that age is really young, its even more shocking. The NFL lost a player that it didn't really have for long. Mitchell Henry died Friday from complications due to acute meyloid leukemia. He was 24.
The news was announced in a statement from Western Kentucky's athletic director Todd Stewart:
It is with great sadness that we learned of Mitchell's passing this morning. Mitchell was as committed to his teammates, his University, his friends and his family as anyone you will ever find, and we were so fortunate to have him as part of our Hilltopper family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his lovely wife Madison, and all of those who were blessed to have known Mitchell.
Henry played in 47 games for the college. The tight end caught 78 passes for 1,094 years and 12 touchdowns. He made the jump to the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He was part of the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos in his rookie year, appearing in tow games for the Broncos. He signed on to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in 2016 before being cut in November. He would later suffer from pains in his shoulder that would lead to doctors discovering a mass in his chest which lead to chemotherapy treatments.
Upon learning of his passing, Packers general manager Ted Thompson said:
We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Mitchell Henry. 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. On behalf of the Packers family, we offer our condolences to Mitchell's wife, Madison, and his family and friends.
While the Broncos tweeted out:
We're saddened with the passing of Mitchell Henry (TE in 2015), who fought a courageous battle with cancer. Our hearts go out to his family.