COLLEGE: Kansas State
POSITION: Tight end
BORN: April 16, 1951 in Thomasville, GA
JOINED SAINTS: 1974 / Round: 5 / Pick 109 (ATL)
YEARS WITH SAINTS: 1974-1980
Henry Childs' Career Background
Former Saints tight end Henry Childs was enshrined in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 1994 after spending six seasons out of his nine-year career with the Black and Gold, where he was a mainstay in an explosive offense.
A fifth-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons from Kansas State in 1974, Childs played nine seasons in the NFL (Falcons in 1974, Saints from 1974 to 1980, Los Angeles Rams in 1981 and Green Bay Packers in 1984), and totaled 223 career receptions for 3,401 yards (15.3 avg.) and 28 touchdowns, averaging 15.3 yards per catch. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1979 and was a consensus All-NFC selection as he recorded 51 receptions for 846 yards (16.6 average) with five touchdowns, leading NFL tight ends in receiving yardage. Overall as a Saint, the Thomasville, Ga., native made 207 receptions for 3,224 yards (15.6 average) with 227 touchdowns and still ranks second on the club's all-time receiving yardage list for a tight end.
After starting his NFL playing career in Atlanta, Childs joined the Saints midway through his rookie year. From 1975-78 his reception and receiving yardage totals increased each season as he became a more integral part of the team's offense. In 1977, aided by the return of quarterback Archie Manning, who missed the previous season with a shoulder injury, Childs enjoyed a breakout campaign, making 33 grabs for 518 yards (15.7 average.) with nine touchdowns, which was a club record that was not tied until 2001 and broken until 2003, tied for third in the NFL.
In 1978, Childs finished with 53 grabs for 869 yards and four touchdowns, setting career-highs in both catches and yardage. The yardage total led the team and NFL tight ends and ranked ninth in the league overall as he was selected to the United Press International All-NFC team. He followed that up with the 1979 campaign and his only Pro Bowl selection. The Saints finished with a .500 (8-8) record for the first time in franchise history and narrowly missed the playoffs. In 1980, Childs was tied for the team lead with six touchdown grabs, as he caught 34 passes for 463 yards. Thomas played one season for the Rams in 1981 and closed out his playing career with the Green Bay Packers in 1984.
Childs passed away suddenly of a heart attack on June 3, 2016 at the age of 65 in his hometown of Thomasville.
Henry Childs' College Career
Prior to being drafted by the Falcons, Childs enjoyed a prolific career at Kansas State where he is one of only 28 players in school history with over 1,000 receiving yards in his career.
Henry Childs' Career Honors
Pro Bowl – 1979
New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame