The ‘Derrick Henry Makes A Pro Athlete Consider A Career Change’ Award
Alex Myers, Detroit Lions Cornerback (For Reference)
Maybe this isn’t fair to Alex Myers. Bigger, stronger, faster, higher-profile NFL players have tried to tackle Derrick Henry and have failed spectacularly. Maybe expecting Myers to pull off the miracle of bringing Henry down for a modest four-yard run like he was in the position to do, was asking too much of the young player in his NFL debut, one day after being elevated from the Lions’ practice squad.
But the Derrick Henry stiff-arm is unforgiving. It comes furious, and when you least expect it. The Derrick Henry stiff-arm doesn’t care about who you are or where you came from, it only seeks to destroy. Alex Myers learned that the hard way.
Now, Myers’ first impression of the league is being the guy that was thrown to the ground by Derrick Henry.
The Entire Houston Texans Organization
In two 2020 meetings against the Houston Texans, Derrick Henry ran for a combined 462 yards and four touchdowns. That’s in two games.
That’s two games where Henry ran for more yards than Joe Mixon had in his six-game season, more than Sony Michel had in nine games, and for as many touchdowns as Clyde Edwards-Helaire. TWO GAMES!!!
Two games where Derrick Henry broke spirits and propelled the Titans’ offense to two major wins. One that stretched Tennessee’s season-opening winning streak to five games, and another that secured an AFC South championship.
Brutal. Absolutely brutal.
Winner: Josh Norman (For Reference)
Josh Norman might be past his prime, but he’s still a former All-Pro cornerback and a key contributor to an elite Buffalo Bills secondary. He also might be a defensive back, but at six feet tall and 200 pounds, he’s not the smallest guy that’s ever tried to tackle Derrick Henry.
But Derrick Henry made a highlight out of him. He provided what might have been the most iconic moment of what might be the best Titans season in over a decade– all on a play that called back for holding anyway!
Even if the play didn’t count, when you meet a stiff arm so vicious that it actually lifts you off the ground, it’s bound to get you thinking about what life outside of football might look like. Hopefully, for Norman, it includes fewer interactions with Derrick Henry.