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A more mature Henry emerging

Travis Henry

When Travis Henry was a Frostproof, Fla. 10th-grader, he went to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game and wanted to get Pro Bowl middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson's autograph after the game was over. He remembers asking Nickerson, but Nickerson ignored the request and just walked by. Henry was disappointed and angry.

"I've always wanted to say something to him," Henry says. "He motivated me. He played for Jacksonville and we played them my rookie year in 2001, so I wanted to tell him that. But I never got the chance. I thought I might be able to say something last year because he played for Green Bay, but he wasn't on the field a lot." At the very least, Henry was hoping to dole out some... Recommended Stories