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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry named FedEx Ground Player of the Year

February 23, 2020

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry finished 2019 with a league-high 1,540 yards on 303 rushing attempts (4.8 avg.). His 16 rushing touchdowns put him in a tie with Green Bay Packers’s Aaron Jones atop the league leaderboard and placed second in franchise annals.

Over the final six weeks of the regular season plus three playoff appearances, Henry totaled seven 100-yard games.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

From the regular season final through the divisional round, he became the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 180 yards in three consecutive regular season and/or postseason games.

In addition to being selected to his first Pro Bowl, Henry’s postseason honors included second-team Associated Press All-Pro recognition and the FedEx Ground Player of the Year award.

RB Derrick Henry 2019 Accomplishments

  • Selected to his first career Pro Bowl.
·        Named the NFL’s FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
·        Named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
·        Named to the PFWA’s All-NFL team.
·        Led the NFL with a career-best 1,540 rushing yards. He also established career highs with 303 carries and 16 rushing touchdowns (tied for the NFL lead).
·        Recorded his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season.
·        Added 18 receptions for 206 yards with two receiving touchdowns, all of which set career-highs.
·        Led the AFC, ranked third in the NFL, and led the team with a career high 18 total touchdowns.
·        Ranked second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with a career-high 1,746 yards from scrimmage.
·        Finished the season with the fourth-best rushing yardage total in franchise history, and ranked second in franchise history with 16 rushing touchdowns.
·        Recorded eight total 100-yard rushing performances in 2019 (six regular season and two postseason games).
·        Moved into fourth place on the franchise’s all-time rushing touchdowns list (38).
·        Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after his performance at Houston (12/29), where he rushed a season-high 32 times for a season best 211 yards with three touchdowns to secure the NFL’s rushing title.
  • Became the sixth player in franchise history with at least 12 touchdowns in two or more consecutive seasons.
·        Joined Napoleon Kaufman (1997-99) and Robert Smith (1997-2000) as the only players in NFL history to record a rushing touchdown of at least 70 yards in three consecutive seasons.
·        Passed Steve McNair (3,439 career rushing yards) for sixth place on the team’s all-time rushing list, and later passed Hoyle Granger (3,514) for fifth place on the team’s all-time rushing list.
·        Has posted 24 rushing touchdowns in his past 20 regular season games, which leads the NFL in that time period.
·        Started all three playoff games and finished the postseason with 83 carries for a league-best 446 yards and two touchdowns, all of which set career highs.
·        His 446 rushing yards in the postseason ranked second in franchise playoff history behind Eddie George’s 449 rushing yards during the 1999 playoffs.
·        At the New England Patriots (1/4/20), set a then-franchise playoff record with 182 rushing yards on 34 carries with a touchdown, which marked the second-most yards on the road in an NFL playoff game since 1950.
·        At the Baltimore Ravens (1/11/20), set a franchise playoff record with 195 rushing yards on 30 carries.
·        Threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis in the playoffs, marking his first career touchdown pass.

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