the gathering of media wasn't like those that clamored for soundbytes
from the biggest stars in team history, but he certainly got a lot more
attention than he normally does.
Henry is not exactly a quote machine. There are those upon whom writers
can depend for a steady stream of quotes that are both insightful and
entertaining enough to serve as the foundation for myriad articles.
Terrell Owens is in a world of his own (fill in your own "in more ways
than one" punchline here), but Tony Romo, Bradie James, Jason Witten,
Marcus Spears, etc., can make throngs of reporters smile just by walking
into the locker room. Corner one of those guys, and a notebook or
recorder virtually fills itself.
Henry, on the other hand, resembles the late Marcel Marceau in shoulder
pads and stretch-fit pants. Getting him to talk generally requires an
act of Congress, if not an act of God. It's not that he refuses to talk
or hides from the media â€” he's generally an accomodating sort â€”
but he seems to like the spotlight about as much as Washington Redskins
fans like hearing that Tony Romo is being fast-tracked to the Hall of
Fame; some things are beyond unpleasant, but that doesn't mean they
always can be avoided.
Yet there was Henry, surrounded by a couple dozen reporters Wednesday.
Such are the trappings that go along with an NFC Defensive Player of
the Week Award, which Henry won after he picked off a pair of passes in
Sunday's victory over the Chicago Bears, returning one for the clinching
But Henry oozes modesty from every pore. The defense won't be that
strong, he said, until Terence Newman returns on a full-time basis, at 100
percent good health. His performance wasn't that remarkable Sunday,
just a matter of being in the right place at the right time â€” or so he
said. It wouldn't have been all that surprising to hear Henry announce
that he intends to give 110 percent in this weekend's matchup with the
St. Louis Rams and then enlighten the world with the announcement that
every team has talented players who put their pants on one leg at a
The thing is, this "why do you care about me?" act is no act at all
"I have a great relationship with God and with my family," he said when
asked how he maintains humility as he ascends through the ranks of the
NFL's top cornerbacks. "If I keep them close to me, I can keep things
in the right perspective."
Hard to believe this guy plays the same position as the "Look At Me!"
stars of yesteryear like Deion Sanders and the current versions, like
Pacman Jones (pre-exile) and Fred Smoot.
Henry is a guy who could strut a little and be forgiven for doing so.
He's big, fast and strong. He can cover physically, playing tight at the
line of scrimmage, or he can turn and run with any receiver in the
league and go up to battle for passes thrown in his direction. Yet he
doesn't even suggest he is the key to the performance of the Dallas
"When we get Newman back, then we'll be ready to go," Henry said. "When
he's back full-time, he'll be at full speed and we'll be on the same
page. We've done OK so far, but to be where we want to be, we need him
So .... what will Henry do if opposing teams aren't throwing away from
him all game long?