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Derrick Henry and Jerry Jeudy were game changers for the University of Alabama at their positions.

Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, helped the Crimson Tide capture a College Football Playoff National Championship as a running back in 2015. He became the first player in school history to record a 2,000+ yard rushing season (2,219) with 28 touchdowns.

Henry, a former five-star recruit in Alabama’s 2013 signing class from Florida, became a legend for the Tennessee Titans after being selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He earned the nickname, “King Henry,” through eight seasons in Tennessee — including five 1,000+ yard rushing seasons. He was the eighth running back in league history to post a 2,000-yard rushing campaign. Henry achieved it in 2020, totaling 2,027 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns for the Titans.

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The two-time NFL rushing champion (2019, 2020), four-time Pro Bowl selection, first-team NFL All-Pro selection (2020), and NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2020) is now with the Baltimore Ravens. He signed a two-year contract with the AFC North team as a free agent and will wear No. 22. Henry now gets an opportunity to truly compete for a Super Bowl ring in the NFL.

Jeudy, a South Florida native, captured the Fred Biletnikoff Award at Alabama in 2018.

He was on the Crimson Tide’s 2017 CFP National Championship team as a true freshman. Jeudy was a two-time 1,000-yard receiver in 2018 and 2019, earning two-time first-team All-SEC honors in 2018 and 2019.

The former five-star received Consensus All-American honors in 2018. He was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos; however, things did not pan out well.

He grew up idolizing former Tide receiver, Amari Cooper, and now he gets a chance to play alongside another South Florida native with the Cleveland Browns. Jeudy will wear No. 3 for the Browns in his first season.

Alabama fans are looking forward to seeing the production from Henry and Jeudy.

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

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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