Alabama in the Pros

Titans’ RB Derrick Henry clocks in at No. 4 on NFL’s Top 100 Players for 2021

Derrick Henry puts a crown on his head after dominant performance for Titans in 2020 AFC Divisional Round vs. Ravens
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One cannot discuss the top running backs in the National Football League and not start with Derrick Henry.

He has terrorized defenses since high school and has not stopped. Many did not believe his style would translate to the pros; however, he’s become the most respected player at his craft.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder was ranked No. 4 on the NFL’s Top 100 Players for 2021. In a list voted on by the players, they say Henry ‘puts fear in other men’s hearts.’ No one wants to hit a 250-pound back that comes at you with 4.52-40 speed. His stiff arm knocks defenders into the next dimension while his legs drive tacklers into the ground. Since 2018, Henry has rushed for 1,000+ yards three times. He is a two-time NFL rushing champion and became the eighth player in league history to total 2,000 yards rushing.

Henry recorded 2,027 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns on 378 carries in 2020. The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner had ten 100-yard games, including three 200-yard performances.

He embarrassed the defensive fronts of the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Henry posted two 200-yard games on the Texans and one versus the Jaguars. Last season, he carried the Tennessee Titans to its first AFC South Division title since 2008.

Alabama alums on NFL Top 100 Players for 2021

-Ryan Kelly, C: No. 69 (Indianapolis Colts)

-Josh Jacobs, RB: No. 68 (Las Vegas Raiders)

-Calvin Ridley, WR: No. 65 (Atlanta Falcons)

-Minkah Fitzpatrick, S: No. 52 (Pittsburgh Steelers)

-Marlon Humphrey, CB: No. 38 (Baltimore Ravens)

-Julio Jones, WR: No. 29 (Tennessee Titans)

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Henry is constantly working out in the offseason.

He is transforming his body to be legendary.

Crimson Tide fans are excited to see what the 2015 national champion does this season.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “watch” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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