Titans: Derrick Henry’s hometown honors him with sign bearing his name
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry was honored by his hometown with a sign bearing his name.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry received a great honor this week, as a welcome sign in his hometown now has his name on it.
Henry, who is from Yulee, Florida, was recognized for his great football achievements and his contributions off the field, and now anyone entering the city will know his name.
The sign was created thanks to some fundraising and sits on U.S. 17 and State Road 200, according to Alicia Booth and Mary Bear of News 4 Jax.
Fans, family and former coaches were on hand to unveil to sign, and Henry had this to say about it.
"“All these people are like family, so, all the kind words, you know, for this moment — it’s so special to me and something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life,” he said. “Me coming home and seeing this sign, you know, it’s kind of, like, bringing tears to my eyes.”"
The sign also notes the Alabama product’s 2015 Heisman Trophy, which he narrowly won over then-Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.
In his Heisman season, Henry totaled 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns (includes bowl stats) and broke the single-season record for most rushing yards in SEC history. Henry would go on to cap off his amazing season with a NCAA National Championship win.
Henry has continued his success in the NFL during his four-year career. The running back is in the midst of his second straight 1,000-yard season, and he’s on pace to smash his career-best of 1,059 rushing yards, set in 2018.
Henry really put himself on the NFL map at the end of last season when he rushed for 585 yards and seven touchdowns in the last four weeks. He also tied the record for the longest run from scrimmage when he torched the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 99-yard touchdown run in Week 14.
With Henry’s continued success in 2019, the Titans are going to have a tough decision to make, as Henry is a free agent after this season. Seeing how important he is to this offense, the Titans need to do whatever they can to bring him back in 2020.