OJ Simpson Welcomes Derrick Henry to the 2,000 Yard Rushing Club

by Josh Lanier

Derrick Henry became one of only 8 running backs in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards in a single season. OJ Simpson welcomed the Titans running back after he eclipsed the mark Sunday night.

Simpson tweeted a video saying he predicted Henry’s feat and added couldn’t wait to shake his hand.

“Congratulations, buddy. You join our very exclusive 2,000-yard club,” the infamous Bills back said in his video. “You make me look good because all season on Twitter, especially in the last few weeks, I predicted you’d be the next guy to do it. I think we’re all proud to have you. I’m pretty sure you’ve already heard from some of the guys and I’m sure in the next 24 hours you’ll hear from all the guys. Once again, buddy, you did it. You did it in style and welcome. … Can’t wait to shake your hand.”

Henry joins Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis, Chris Johnson, and Adrian Peterson in that club, ESPN said.

Sanders and Johnson also congratulated Henry on Twitter. Johnson, who ran for more than 2,000 yards in 2009, and Henry make the Tennessee Titans the only team with two 2,000 rushers.

Henry accomplished the feat in fashion. Throughout the season he leveled opponents and bulldozed opposing defenses. He finished the year with a record five 200 yard games including Sunday’s season finale.

Derrick Henry Leads Titans to AFC South Title

The Titans beat the Texans Sunday 41-38 to claim the AFC South title. It’s the first time the team has won that crown since 2008, and it was largely thanks to Henry’s 250 rushing yards Sunday. It is the team’s first division title since 2009.

“I’m glad we were able to finish with a W at the end,” Henry said after the game, via ESPN. “We won as a team and we all do it together. I’m just glad that we were able to accomplish this and win the division and get to the playoffs.”

The Titans will take on the Baltimore Ravens in Tennessee next week in the first round of the AFC playoffs.