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Derrick Henry sets franchise record for career rushing TDs for Titans

Derrick Henry (#22) rushes for a touchdown for Titans in 2022 matchup against Houston
Thomas Shea - USA Today Sports

Derrick Henry has owned the Houston Texans since 2019 for the Tennessee Titans.

Before Sunday’s meeting, Henry totaled seven touchdowns and three 200+ yard rushing performances against Houston.

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The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder gave the Texans more nightmares in the Titans’ 17-10 victory. He pounded Houston’s defense for 219 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 32 carries. Henry took all the pressure off rookie quarterback Malik Willis who made his first career start in place of Ryan Tannehill. The former Alabama football running back averaged 6.8 yards per rushing attempt, including a 41-yard run. Henry got selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft after helping the Crimson Tide win a College Football Playoff National Championship. He became Alabama’s second Heisman Trophy winner in 2015.

Henry has been in the National Football League for seven years. He now stands alone as the Titans/Houston Oilers’ all-time career leader for rushing touchdowns (75). He has surpassed legends Earl Campbell (73) and Eddie George (74). 

Henry stands in the top five among running backs for carries, yards, and touchdowns.

He has the Titans at 5-2 on the 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 “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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