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From the Pro Bowl: Titans RB Derrick Henry, Raiders RB Josh Jacobs Become Teammates, and Buddies Built By Bama


LAS VEGAS – Built by Bama is a slogan used by Alabama football.

It's where Titans running back Derrick Henry made a name for himself, and where he earned a Heisman Trophy.

It's also where Raiders running back Josh Jacobs got some of his motivation – from watching Henry.

"Just to see Derrick put in the work that he does," Jacobs said. "I remember after games (at Alabama), he'd have 25 carries, and then he'd go max squat (in the weight room) right after the game. To see the time and attention to detail that he had back then, and what he wanted to accomplish, it's motivating."

Henry and Jacobs weren't teammates at Alabama – Jacobs committed to Alabama when Henry was still in school, and he was among those who took his place in the backfield the year after Henry was drafted by the Titans in the 2016 NFL Draft. Jacobs was on campus for visits as a high school senior back then, however, he saw Henry in action.

Here at the Pro Bowl Games, the two were teammates.

"I've been talking to him," Henry said of Jacobs. "He's doing great. He put himself in a great position to earn a lot of money. I am just happy for him, and wish him a lot of success."

Henry took part in his third Pro Bowl on Sunday, while Jacobs participated in his second.

"He is one of the best, if not the best doing it right now," Jacobs, who led the NFL in rushing in 2022 with 1,653 yards, said of Henry. "It is definitely a huge honor and privilege for sure. Me and Derrick, we text each other every week. If he has a good game, I'll congratulate him, and he'll do the same for me. He is still mad at me right now because I was supposed to send him a jersey and I haven't sent him a jersey yet. So, we'll work on that."

Said Henry: "I sent him one, so he owes me one."

Henry, who ran for 1,538 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2022 after having his season cut short in 2021 because of a foot injury, was one of four Titans at the Pro Bowl Games this week.

Joining Henry were center Ben Jones, defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons and long snapper Morgan Cox.

Henry scored on a 10-yard touchdown run during a flag football game at Sunday's events.

"We had a lot of fun, spending time with all the guys, getting to know everybody besides being on the football field," Henry said of the week. "The whole experience has been a lot of fun."

Jacobs expects to see Henry at the Pro Bowl every year.

"I don't feel like he's lost a step," Jacobs said. "I know just me, paying attention to the Titans this year, they had a lot of injuries, especially up front. So, he had to do a little more, and it was a little harder for him. But it doesn't look like he's lost a step to me. And a guy that message, I don't care how old (he) gets, you still have to tackle him."

The Tennessee Titans during the 2023 Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium.

The Tennessee Titans prepare for the Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium.

The Tennessee Titans arrive at Allegiant Stadium for the 2023 Pro Bowl.

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