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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Travis Henry

(Born October 29, 1978) -- The life of Travis Henry has taken a variety of twists and turns over the years, and not all of them have been good.

Henry grew up in Frostproof, Florida, which is right in the middle of the state. As a senior, he ran for 42 touchdowns in 42 games, earning a trip to the University of Tennessee. There he won a national championship in 1998. Henry was picked by the Bills in the second round in 1999.

Henry wasn’t bad in Buffalo, rushing for almost 4,000 yards and made the Pro Bowl. But he lost his starting job to Willis McGahee and eventually was dealt to Tennessee.

The Titans kept him for two years, and Henry ran for 1,211 yards in 2006. However, Tennessee let him go to save money. He landed in Denver where he stayed for only a year. Then he was released, and later suspended by the NFL for a year for drug use.

Later that year, Henry was convicted of a drug trafficking charge. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2009. Henry also allegedly fathered 11 children by 10 different women, and had child support payments totaling $170,000 a year at one point.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.