Chris Henry's fiancee wept as she spoke about the late Cincinnati Bengals receiver yesterday, saying that while she often got credit for steering him clear of trouble, he changed her life as well.
Henry, 26, was killed last week after he fell out of the bed of a pickup truck driven by his fiancee, Loleini Tonga, during what police called a domestic dispute. Police are investigating, but no charges have been filed.
Tonga paused to gather herself repeatedly as she spoke to hundreds of mourners at his funeral in Westwego, La. - including Henry's teammates - who filled the grandstands at a suburban New Orleans events center.
"Can't nobody know the way I'm feeling right now. No one can explain the relationship that me and Chris had," she said.
Among those in attendance were NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Bengals players, coaches and members of the front office, and other NFL players including New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush.
Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer and coach Marvin Lewis delivered eulogies.
Henry's five-year NFL career was marred by off-the-field problems. He was suspended five times after arrests on drug, weapons and other charges.
The Bengals said Henry had turned his life around this season and showed a renewed focus on his football career.
Namath sued. A former UPS driver has sued Joe Namath, alleging he was attacked by the Hall of Fame quarterback's dogs while making a delivery at his Florida home.
Attorneys for David Gunter said he has not been able to work since the 2007 incident in Tequesta, about 90 miles north of Miami. Lawyer Steven Slootsky said Gunter required four surgeries after suffering injuries to his neck, back and knee.
Quinn is done. Cleveland quarterback Brady Quinn was placed on injured reserve with an unspecified foot injury, the second straight season he has finished on IR. He was hurt Sunday while scrambling for 24 yards in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 41-34 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
With Quinn out, Derek Anderson will start on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The former Pro Bowler went 1-4 in five starts after Quinn was benched 10 quarters into the season.
Bills lose cornerback. Buffalo's Terrence McGee is done for the season. He is scheduled to have surgery today to repair his right rotator cuff. McGee becomes the 16th Bills player placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Packer charged. Green Bay defensive end Johnny Jolly appeared briefly in a Houston courtroom to answer charges that he illegally possessed at least 200 grams of codeine.
Jolly, 26, whose hometown is Houston, was indicted by a Harris County grand jury for a second time last week, five months after prosecutors dismissed a similar charge stemming from a traffic stop a year and a half ago.
Jolly posted $10,000 bond.
Galloway joins Steelers. Wide receiver Joey Galloway has been added to the Pittsburgh roster as the replacement for Limas Sweed, who was placed on injured reserve Monday with a non-football related illness.
Galloway was cut by New England earlier this season after catching seven passes for 67 yards.
Long-snapper for hire. For the third time in three seasons, Seattle has brought in Jeff Robinson to be the Seahawks' long-snapper, this time replacing Kevin Houser.
Houser was placed on injured reserve after suffering a collapsed lung following the Seahawks' 24-7 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Elsewhere. New Orleans cut kicker John Carney, a 21-year NFL veteran who signed with the Saints in August for his second stint with team and played in the team's first 11 games and added former Eagle fullback Kyle Eckel, an Episcopal Academy product. . . . The NFL Players Association filed for arbitration, challenging the NFL's right to eliminate a supplemental revenue-sharing program among the 32 teams.