The professional career of Derrick Henry has come from less to more. From being a substitute for DeMarco Murray, he became the holder of los Titans and now he is the most dominant running back in the league.
During week 17, in Tennessee’s victory over Houston by a score of 41-38, Henry carried the ball 34 times for 250 yards and with his performance passed the two thousand rushing yard mark, becoming the eighth player to do so.
Henry’s 2,027 yards in 2020 are the fifth-most productive figure in history. First place goes to Erick Dickerson (2,105, 1984), followed by Adrian Peterson (2,097, 2012) and Jamal Lewis (2,066, 2003). The select group is completed by Barry Sanders (2,053, 1997), Terrell Davis (2,008, 1998), Chris Jones (2,006, 2009) and OJ Simpson (2,003, 1973).
This is the first time the NFL decked itself out with a 2,000-plus-yard running back since Peterson in 2009 and becomes the fifth Alabama graduate in having figures of the aforementioned magnitude. Additionally, he is the first carrying champion in consecutive years since LaDainian Tomlinson defended the crown in 2006 and 2007.
Finally, with this achievement, the Titans are the only team in history to have two backs with seasons of more than 2,000 yards. However, in 2009 he set another record, the one for more yards from the scrimmage line (2,509), a record that remains in force. In this same department, Henry had 2,141 yards, which ranks 37th on the list.
On the run for MVP?
Even though the 2020 season’s MVP award appears to be a fight between Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers, Henry’s season is an argument in his favor. The last time a running back got the MVP was in 2009, when Peterson had his only season with more than two thousand yards.