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Derrick Henry


ABOUT

Full NameDerrick Lamar Henry Jr.

BornJanuary 4, 1994

Height 6 feet 3 inches

NationalityAmerican

RoleRunning Back

ABOUT


Derrick Henry is a running back who plays for the NFL side Tennessee Titans. He was born in Florida and set the national high school football record for rushing yards. In college, Derrick Henry won several awards like the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award. He has the ability to overpower defenders during rushing. He is nicknamed ‘King Henry’ due to his dominating playing style as one of the best running backs in the league.


Derrick Henry’s Early Life and Background


Derrick Henry was born and raised in Yulee, Florida. He was raised primarily by his grandmother. He attended Yulee High School where he excelled in football, basketball and track. He was a lethal running back for the school team and set a record of 12,124 career ruhsing yards (highest in High School football).


Henry attended college at the University of Alabama. As an Alabama Crimson Tide player, Henry won several accolades like Heisman trophy, Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, and the Doak Walker Award. He helped the team win the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.


Who Drafted Derrick Henry?


The explosive running back declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2nd round of the Draft. He was overall pick number 45 and the second running back to be selected in the draft. Notable players from the 2016 NFL draft also include running back Ezekiel Elliot, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, and defensive end Joey Bosa.


Derrick Henry’s NFL Journey


Henry was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2016 and spent his rookie season as a backup to veteran running back DeMarco Murray. His first NFL game was also his first NFL start, which was against the Minnesota Vikings. Henry scored his first pro-career touchdown in Week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished his rookie season with 110 carries for 490 yards. He was a backup running back for most of the 2017 season too. In 15 appearances, Henry made 2 starts and made 5 touchdowns. He even featured in the postseason games for the Titans and ran for 184 yards and a touchdown.


Henry transitioned to a starter in the 2018 season. He set a record for the most rushing yards in a single game (238) in the 2018 season, in the Week 14 game against the Jaguars. His performance got him the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in December 2018, and Derrick Henry established hismelf as a force to be reckoned with. Derrick started the 2019 season with great performances and ultimately led the Titans to the 2019 playoffs. In the postseason games, Henry rushed for atleast 150 yards in each of his three games (becoming only the 2nd NFL player to do so).


In the 2020 season, Henry made NFL history by becoming the only running back to surpass 2000 rushing yards in school, college and the NFL. He also led the league in rusing touchdowns (17). He was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2020. Henry missed the majority of the 2021 season due to a Jones fracture in Week 8. He returned to the starting lineup and featured in the Titan’s Divisional Round games against the Cincinnati Bengals.


Derrick Henry’s Teams


Tennessee Titans (2016-Present)


Henry has been playing for the Titans since 2016. He first signed a four-year contract worth $5.40 million. There was a guaranteed amount of $3.30 million and a signing bonus of $2.13 million. In 2020 Henry signed another four-year contract worth $50 million. He helped the Titans win two Divisional Championships and make it to the playoffs four times in his six year career with them. He holds several franchise records and has also made it to the Pro-Bowl twice. Henry is utilised for his running abilities rather than his catching abilities. His strength is helpfulfor the Titans in latter stages of the game when opponents are worn down.


Derrick Henry Awards and Honours



YearAwards/Honours
2020NFL Offensive Player of the Year
2020First Team All-Pro
2019Second Team All-Pro
2019, 2020Pro-Bowl
2019, 2020NFL Rushing Yards Leader
2019, 2020NFL Rushing Touchdowns Leader
2015Heisman Trophy (college)
2015Maxwell Award (college)
2015Doak Walker Award (college)
2015Walter Camp Award (college)
2015Unanimous All-American (college)

Derrick Henry NFL Records


  1. First player to record a 200+ yard and 4+ touchdown game on fewer than 22 carries
  2. Longest run in NFL history at 99 yards (tied with Tony Dorsett – 1982)
  3. First player in NFL history with more than 180 rushing yards in three consecutive games
  4. Most rushing yards in the first 4 playoff games: 561
  5. First player to have 180+ rushing yards in consecutive playoff games


Derrick Henry Net Worth


Derrick Henry’s Net Worth is approximately $10 million. His average salary as of 2021 is approximately $12.5 million per season (average). Henry has also made money from endorsements for brands like Old Spice, Champ Sports and Pepsi. He is also associated with Nike as a sponsor.


Derrick Henry Family


Henry never had hi father around much, as a kid. He was primarily raised by his late grandmother and owes a lot of his success to her. Derrick Henry is dating Adrianna Rivas since 2016. The couple has been raising their daughter who was born in 2020. They live in Nashville, Tennessee with two pet dogs Nala and Nino.






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