At Pro Bowl, RB Derrick Henry Makes Friends with Three-Year-Old Titans Fan on Make-A-Wish Trip to Disney World


ORLANDO – The Make-A-Wish trip was planned to see Mickey and Minnie at Disney World.

But three-year-old Landon Binkley, who's from Nashville, got an extra special treat on Wednesday here at the Pro Bowl: He met Titans running back Derrick Henry.

And he blew him a kiss.

Henry, at the Pro Bowl for the first time after leading the NFL in rushing, was mobbed by fans after the AFC team's first Pro Bowl practice. After conducting interviews, he made his way to the fence line, and signed autographs and took pictures.

When Henry heard about Landon, at practice with his mother and grandparents, he ran across the practice field to see him. Ashley Binkley, Landon's mother, had posted on social media about the Make-A-Wish trip, and she tagged Henry.

"Where is he?," Henry said, referring to Landon. "Let's do it."

Ashley Binkley said she's been to every Titans game over the last three years, many with her young son, who was diagnosed with an immune deficiency disorder, and lung disease. Landon Binkley gets treatments every three weeks for his immune deficiency at Vanderbilt Hospital, and he gets treatments daily for his lung disease. Landon was born at 1 pound, 2 ounces.

Young Landon has proven to be a fighter. Ashley and Landon regularly attend training camp practices. Last July, Landon had his picture taken with Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk at a practice. Two years ago, he was on the front page of The Tennessean with quarterback Marcus Mariota. He had his picture taken with Titans head coach Mike Vrabel last year as well. Landon wears Titans leg braces he picked out himself.

On Wednesday, he had a great day.

Henry took pictures with the family, and signed autographs. Henry signed Landon's football, and his hat, which also had the signature of former Titans running back Eddie George on it.

"He loved it," Ashley Binkley said of Landon. "He loves Derrick Henry, and the Titans. He loves Marcus Mariota, too. He loves getting autographs, getting pictures, and giving high-fives to the players. I think I have him trained to when a player comes around, he gives them the football."


Landon Binkley, in a stroller filled with Titans memorabilia, gave Henry a high-five before he left.

Then he blew him another kiss.

"We scheduled this Make-A-Wish trip Disney World specifically for the Pro Bowl so we could come and see the Titans," Ashley Binkley said. "Derrick was so nice to us, to come out of his way to see us. This is really special."

Titans players arrive for week-long practices and festivities leading up to Sunday's Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (Photos: Donald Page)

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