Former Green Bay Packers tight end Mitchell Henry passed away Friday morning at the age of 24. Henry died after a battle with leukemia.
An announcement was posted on Western Kentucky’s website. Henry played for the Hilltoppers from 2011-14.
“It is with great sadness that we learned of Mitchell’s passing this morning,” Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “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 was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Packers in 2015. He made a great impression during camp that year and pushed for a roster spot. Ultimately, Henry ended up on the Packers’ practice squad before being claimed by the Denver Broncos.
After being released by the Broncos, the Packers brought him back to their practice squad. He was on the Ravens’ practice squad in 2016.
In December 2016, Henry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia after feeling pain in his shoulder. A little more than six months later, he’s gone.
Sad, sad story.