Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Chargers tight end Hunter Henry shares heartfelt message after tearing ACL in OTA

This was supposed to be Hunter Henry’s breakout year.

In 2017, the Chargers second-year tight end surpassed future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates and became the starter. In April, Los Angeles announced that Gates would not be back with the club, thus clearing the way for Henry to take the reigns at the tight end position.

Unfortunately, those plans are now on hold for one more season as Henry tore his ACL in the Chargers’ OTA practices on May 22 and will miss the entire 2018 season.

On Monday, Henry took to his social media pages to share a heartwarming message.

“I haven’t known what to say or what to think since the injury happened. I’ve been full of emotions of all different kinds. It’s been hard to know that I can’t get out there with my guys. I know that God has a plan and He is almighty even in this chaos. It is hard to grip that when He does things like this, but I know He is in control. I’m trusting in Him and trusting the process. I will work harder than ever and attack every single day. I Will be Back!” #comeback #boltup

Henry, 23, caught 45 passes for 579 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. He started 13 of the 14 games he played in before a lacerated kidney ended his season with two games remaining.

He was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft (35th overall) out of Arkansas, where he was the John Mackey Award winner in 2015 as the nation’s best tight end.

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