Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry earns AFC Offensive POW honors

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool)
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool) /

Even if you have no experience in the world of NFL journalism, you probably could have written this one yourself immediately after the Tennessee Titans Week 2 contest versus the Seattle Seahawks and just waited to publish it. The guys wearing the all-white jerseys were down by a 24-9 margin at halftime. That’s when it happened.

Derrick Henry walked into the phone booth, threw the S on his chest, and transformed into some NFL version of what Michael Jordan was in his prime. By the time there was nothing but zeroes on the clock after the first four quarters, the Titans, thanks in part to King Henry’s effort, had erased a second-half deficit and forced the game into overtime.

From there, another coin toss came. The Titans won it, and both teams exchanged drives that ended in punts before Tennessee marched into scoring position to win the game with a field goal. Just like that, all was right with the world, and the Titans had turned the agony of Week 1 into a Week 2 adrenaline rush.

Meanwhile, the hits just keep on coming for their best player.

The Tennessee Titans star running back earns another feather for his cap.

Again, you probably could have written this one yourself and waited to publish it once the news became official. Tennessee’s star has been named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week following his monster effort.

The news was announced by Will Selva live on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Wednesday. Derrick Henry’s numbers? How about 182 yards on 35 carries, 55 yards on six receptions, and three rushing touchdowns? Can you say ‘all-star performance’.

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In a world where Grammys go to popular artists as opposed to people who are actually talented, the Heisman Trophy has become an award for the NCAA’s best skill player (as opposed to ‘college football’s best player’), and the word ‘valuable’ needs to be removed from the NBA and NFL’s MVP trophy sometimes, it’s good to see someone deserving win something.

Had King Henry not taken this honor this week of all weeks, there would have needed to be some sort of formal investigation.