K-State Mourns the Passing of Henry Childs

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A three-year letterwinner at K-State who went on to play nine seasons in the NFL, former Wildcat Henry Childs passed away at the age of 65 in his native Thomasville, Georgia, last Friday.

Childs, who is one of 28 players in program history with 1,000 career receiving yards, led K-State from his tight end position in both receptions and receiving yards in 1971 and 1973 under head coach Vince Gibson. In his three-year career, he totaled 95 catches for 1,365 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Childs was drafted in the fifth round of the 1974 NFL Draft by Atlanta before being acquired by New Orleans as a rookie. He went on to play seven years with the Saints, including a Pro Bowl season in 1979 when he led NFL tight ends with 846 yards on 51 catches to go along with five touchdowns. He went on to play for the Rams in 1981 and Packers in 1984.

In 1994, Childs was selected to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. In nine-year professional career, he recorded 223 receptions for 3,401 yards and 28 touchdowns.