If Crimson Tide football fans want to add a Derrick Henry bobblehead to their memorabilia collection, they won’t find it in Alabama, where Henry played his college ball, or Tennessee, where he will begin his professional career this fall.
No, they’ll have to go to a baseball game in Florida instead.
That’s because the Jacksonville Suns, a Double-A minor league affiliate for the Miami Marlins, will be offering the chance to receive a free bobblehead replica of the 2015 Heisman Trophy later this month.
The first 1,000 fans through the gates at Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on July 16 will receive this bobblehead:
— Jacksonville Suns (@SunsBaseball) July 1, 2016
If you’re puzzled by this location, the explanation is in Henry’s high school roots.
The running back was one of the state’s most prolific producers at nearby Yulee High School, rushing for 12,124 yards and 153 touchdowns during his prep career. The green, black and gold uniform featured on the figurine matches his high school colors.
Henry rushed for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns in pursuit of last season’s College Football Playoff national championship with the Crimson Tide. He was a second-round selection of the Tennessee Titans during the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s expected to split time with former Oklahoma standout DeMarco Murray in the Titans backfield in support of 2014 Heisman Trophy winning QB Marcus Mariota.
Henry threw out the first pitch at the game.
— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) July 16, 2016