Since at least 2019, Henry has been the top running back in the league, winning two consecutive rushing crowns, including a season in which he rushed for more than 2,000 yards.
Before suffering a suspected foot injury on Sunday that will keep him out for at least six weeks, Henry appeared to be on his way to a third rushing championship and a probable third consecutive 2,000-yard season. Henry will be out for at least six weeks.
Who Is Derrick Henry?
Derrick Lamar Henry Jr. is an American football running back for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was born on January 4, 1994. He was dubbed “King Henry” because of his imposing rushing game and greater stature than the usual running back.
Henry was born and bred in Yulee, Florida, and with the Yulee Hornets, he set the national high school football record for career rushing yards. He was a key member of the 2015 Alabama Crimson Tide football team that won the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Breaking Herschel Walker’s single-season college rushing yards record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), winning the 2015 Heisman Trophy, the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award, and the Walter Camp Award, and winning the 2015 Heisman Trophy, the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award, and the Walter Camp Award.
The Titans selected Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. For the 2019 season, he topped the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns (tied with Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones).
Henry would lead the league in rushing yards and touchdowns again in 2020, becoming only the eighth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season, and only the second Tennessee Titan to do it. Henry was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press in 2020.