Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has been named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry received some recognition on Saturday, as he was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year for the 2019 season. And with his winning the award, FedEx will donate $20,000 in his name to the charity of his choice.
While both of those players put up impressive rushing stats in 2019, Henry topped them both. His 1,540 rushing yards put him alone atop the NFL, and his 16 rushing touchdowns were tied for the most with Green Bay Packers running back, Aaron Jones.
Henry exploded in the second half of the season. From Week 10 through the end of the regular season, Henry totaled 896 yards and 10 touchdowns. He totaled 100 yards or more in five of his last six games in that span, and four of those games saw him total 149 yards or more.
The former second-round pick kept trucking right along in the playoffs and carried the Titans all the way to the AFC Championship Game.
The Alabama product totaled 377 yards and two touchdowns (one passing) in the wild card and divisional rounds combined before being stopped short of making the Super Bowl by the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game.
Henry is set to become a free agent once the new league year begins, but the Titans have multiple options at their disposal to bring him back.
Tennessee could use either the franchise or transition tag on him, or work out a long-term deal to keep him in Nashville. In a recent interview, Henry said that Ezekiel Elliot’s six-year, $90 million contract ($50 million guaranteed) is “the floor” for what he’s looking for.
It remains to be seen if the Titans will come anywhere near that, though.