Everything went right in Derrick Henry’s final year at Alabama.
He helped the Crimson Tide win the national championship, beating Clemson. He took home the Heisman Trophy. And then, he was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
But which accolade that Henry achieved while at Alabama means the most to him? He discussed that last week when he went on “The Rashad Johnson Show” on WPRT in Nashville.
“I think the Heisman Trophy is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Henry said, according to Mark Inabinett of AL.com. “But I feel like without my teammates and my coaches, the Heisman Trophy wouldn’t be there. And our whole goal from when I got there was to win a national championship. And being there two years and being so close, then finally getting there, it was like a relief because you work so hard – blood, sweat and tears, day in and day out – and spending so much time at the facility – every day, countless hours – and the coaches being away from their families. For us to finally get that, it was just something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life because you’re sharing that as a group of men. It’s not just one individual.”
Henry had a remarkable final season with the Crimson Tide, rushing for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns.
In his first year with the Titans, Henry has 161 yards on 37 carries. The Titans are 3-4 entering Thursday’s matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.