Barry Sanders Shows Respect to Derrick Henry for Latest Record-Breaking Achievement

by Quentin Blount

Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders took a moment to recognize Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry for making NFL history.

Henry looked like a knife cutting through soft butter against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14. The star running back led his team to a 31-10 win. During the game, he compiled a total of 215 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. In doing so, he just so happened to make NFL history.

After Sunday’s monster performance, Henry became the first player in NFL history with four games of 200-plus yards and two touchdowns. Previously, Henry had been one of four players in NFL history with three 200-yard, two-TD games. However, Sunday’s game pushed him past Hall of Famers such as Sanders, Jim Brown, and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Sanders himself took a moment to shout out Henry last night after his team’s dominant win.

“Gotta throw a congrats out to my @HeismanTrophy brother @KingHenry_2 on FOUR games with 200+ yards and 2 TDs,” Sanders wrote on Twitter. “I know how hard you work, and I know you love that it came in a win.”

Following his fourth 200-yard rushing game, Derrick Henry trails only three players in the history of the league in that stat. Adrian Peterson and O.J. Simpson have six 200-yard rushing games each and Tiki Barber has five. It’s quite the achievement for Henry, which comes in just his fifth year.

As for Barry Sanders, he unexpectedly retired from football after the 1998 season, although he was still seemingly in his prime. As a result, he fell just 1,457 yards short of breaking the then NFL’s all-time rushing record. His number 20 jersey was retired by the Detroit Lions. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Derrick Henry Could Break More NFL Records This Year

Meanwhile, Henry may be looking to take control of more NFL records. His most recent performance extends his streak of 100-plus rushing yards in road games to nine. That’s the second-longest such streak in league history behind a 10-game run by Sanders. To break the record, Henry would have to rush for over a hundred yards in each of Tennessee’s last two games.

Henry now has 1,532 yards on the season after his most recent outing, just eight shy of his career-high. The former Heisman Trophy winner also increased his lead for the 2020 rushing title from 67 to 180 yards.

Additionally, Henry has a shot to set the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season. While he needs to average 191 yards over the Titans’ final three games to get there, it’s certainly possible. Two of Tennessee’s last three games come against bottom-five run defenses.

Derrick Henry and the Titans will look to continue their rushing dominance when they meet the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium in Week 15.