Typically, once running backs move on from the Tennessee Titans it is not long before they are out of the National Football League.
One apparently wants to see if he can get back in — even after an extended absence.
According to a report Monday, Travis Henry, the Titans’ leading rusher in 2006, wants to attempt a comeback this season. He has not played in the NFL since 2007 and will turn 34 during the 2012 season.
“The rumors are true: former #NFL RB Travis Henry is making a comeback. Turns 34 in October,” Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio posted on his Twitter account Monday morning.
Henry averaged a career-high 4.5 yards per carry when he ran for 1,211 yards in 2006, the second of his two seasons with Tennessee. He rushed for 691 yards in 12 games for Denver the following year, which turned out to be his last.
He was jailed in 2009 for failure to pay child support, the result of delinquent payments to his nine children by nine different mothers. That same year he reached a plea agreement in a federal drug case in which he and another defendant were charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, two counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine.
Outside of the myriad legal issues, other notable backs have not fared much better following their time with the Titans.
• Eddie George became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher when he racked up 10,009 yards and seven 1,000-yard seasons in eight years. After that, he went to the Dallas Cowboys where he played in 13 games but ran for 432 yards and four touchdowns in what turned out to be the end of his career.
• LenDale White had a 1,000-yard season (1,110, to be exact) in 2007 and rushed for 15 touchdowns in 2008. Those were the middle two of four years with the Titans. Tennessee traded him to Seattle prior to the 2010 season and the NFL suspended him a short time later for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. He has not played an NFL game since.
• Chris Brown spent his first five seasons with the Titans, which included a career-high 1,067 yards in 2004. After that, he played one season for Houston during which he ran for 267 yards.
Given that history, there is nothing to suggest that Henry can make a successful return to the NFL. Or that anyone would want to see him try.