Alabama star running back Derrick Henry may have an exciting week in store, what with being a Heisman Trophy finalist and due a trip to New York this weekend, but his mind and heart are not even thinking about that.
According to Joseph Goodman of AL.com, Henry’s grandmother, Gladys Henry, has been in a Florida hospital for nearly eight weeks with heart and lung problems so bad that she is unable to speak, and her grandson didn’t know until this week.
Given how Henry’s parents were both teenagers when he was born, he was basically raised by his grandmother and shares an unbelievably strong bond with her. Naturally, he was heartbroken to only just find out this week.
Valerie Henry, one of Derrick’s aunts, had nothing but good things to say about her mother and the bond she shares with her grandson.
“My mom has always been so caring and giving of herself, and that boy is a real caring child,” said Ms. Henry. “It’s like if something happens in the family, he feels it or something. If someone gets sick, he gets sick and starts running a temperature.”
Campus Sports sends its best to Henry and his family and will update this story should any new information become public.
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