If you want to get Travis Henry’s attention, simply say, “Cheese.”
But don’t merely expect a smile when he hears the word. Expect a story, too — of how the Broncos’ newest tailback earned an unusual nickname during his days at the University of Tennessee.
“It’s a long story. There was a guy, a senior . I was a freshman. His name was Corey Terry. We were scrimmaging and he hit me and I kind of buckled him. When we got back to the locker room. he was just like ‘Man, you’re hard. You’re hard. You’re like a block of cheese.’ He told me I was like a block of government cheese.
“He said I was hard to slice. A reporter heard it and they ran with it.”
The only slicing that the Broncos hope to see from Henry is of him knifing through opposing defenses — exactly what they expect from a runner who has three 1,000-yard seasons in the last five years.
“That’s been my M.O. my career,” Henry said. “I run it hard. I’m going to run it the whole game. I get better as I tote it. I think that’s the perfect way to describe it.”