Alabama tailback Derrick Henry might be one of the SEC’s fiercest players on the field, but the man he is away from the gridiron has a lot to do with a sweet old lady — his grandmother, Gladys Henry.
As spotlighted in a feature segment on Saturday’s broadcast of SEC Nation, Derrick Henry was the 15th child raised by Gladys after his mother and father had him at the ages of 15 and 16, respectively. That situation gave rise to Henry’s family nickname: “Shocker.”
“Because I was in shock when I found out he was going to come into this world,” Gladys Henry said.
Derrick Henry admits that his grandmother raised him and effectively acted as his mother growing up. He credits her with working hard to provide for a large family.
She offered viewers some of the same advice she gave Henry during the segment.
“Good manners can take you where money can never buy you,” Gladys Henry said.
You can watch the entire feature below:
Kaylee Hartung shares the special relationship between Alabama running back Derrick Henry and his grandmother Gladys Henry.