There's a tight fraternity of guys who grew up playing (dominating) sports in Louisiana. Corey Webster and Brandon Jacobs belong to that fraternity. So did Chris Henyy, the Bengals WR who died earlier this morning.

“We all played different things together, AAU basketball and stuff,” said Webster, who didn't play with Henry but knew him through a mutual friend, Skyler Green, who played at Higgins HS with Henry and at LSU wuth Webster.

“I knew him, I did talk to him," Webster said. "It’s a tragic thing that happened to him. He was just coming around, getting back in the flow of things. He had a few issues there in the beginning (of his career), but he put that behind him and he was moving forward. It’s a tragic thing and our prayers go out to him and his family.”

Eli Manning also played high school football in Louisiana. As you might imagine, he did not travel in the same circles as Henry.

Jacobs was apparently closer to Henry, having grown up closer (geographically) to him than Webster.

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“We grew up together," Jacobs said. "I’m really hurt.”

Jacobs took the opportunity to sermonize to the reporters who gathered around him to capture his thoughts on the passing of a childhood friend. “Life is short," he said. "Enjoy every minute of it. Enjoy every last minute of it. You never know when the last breath will come.”

He also lamented that Henry died after he had apparently turned away from the issues that plagued him early in his career.

“He just got his life back straight, too,” Jacobs said.

(Photo: AP)