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At the Pro Bowl, RB Derrick Henry Not Stressing About His Future, and Changes With Titans


ORLANDO – Derrick Henry is living the good life here at the Pro Bowl.

On Friday, the sun was shining down on the Titans running back at Camping World Stadium, where he was surrounded by some of the NFL's greats at practice.

Later in the day, he had plans to take his three-year-old daughter to Disney World for the first time.

"It's special," Henry said from his fourth Pro Bowl. "It's always fun to be around some of the game's elite, and getting to spend some time with them, getting to know them. You get to hang out and have fun at these events.

"And also, I get to bring my family out here to experience all this."

Henry, 30, said he has a different perspective these days.

"As I get older," Henry said, "I also think about how all this doesn't last forever. The older you get, the more you realize the time is starting to get a little more limited than when you were younger. So, you really have to enjoy it all as much as you can."

Henry, however, keeps getting the same question at every turn: Will he be back with the Titans in 2024?

"I've been getting that question since I've been here," Henry said with a smile. "And I tell them: We'll see what happens. I have been a Tennessee Titan my whole career. I love Tennessee – that's all I have known. I love the fans. This is the first time I've been a free agent, so we'll see what happens.

"And I'll leave everything else up to God."

Plenty of changes have taken place since the end of the 2023 season.

The Titans have a new head coach in Brian Callahan, after he was hired following Mike Vrabel's dismissal.

"I've heard good things about him," Henry said of Callahan. "I've heard a lot of great things about Brian for sure. It's an exciting time for the organization right now, and I wish everybody all the best."

Among those who've told Henry about Callahan: Peyton Manning, who spent time with Callahan with the Broncos.

"Peyton calls him Cally, and I'm pretty sure that's what he wants everyone to call him," Henry said. "Peyton said he's a great coach, and that I would love him, and he would love me. It was good to hear him and Peyton had a special relationship, because I'm a young Peyton Manning, so I took that very serious."

Both Callahan and general manager Ran Carthon have said publicly the team hasn't closed the door on Henry's return.

Henry, who ran for 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns in his eighth season with the team in 2023, said the change in coach doesn't impact his desire to return, if he's wanted.

Henry's contract is set to expire in March.

"Any player would want to play for the organization they started with their whole career," Henry said. "I think that's a very unique and special situation, for that to be able happen. The whole (coaching) change, I don't know all the details or what they're thinking, or the plan for the team, or how they want to move forward as an organization. So we'll have to see what happens, and I'll leave it up to God."

As Henry walked off the practice field on Friday, he was hardly stressing about it.

After all, he was on the way to Disney World.

"I'm not stressing," Henry said. "I am just enjoying every single moment, and whenever it is time to make a decision, we'll do that. But right now I am just having fun, and enjoying life right now."

Titans RB Derrick Henry Skills during the Skills Showdown of the 2024 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

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