NASHVILLE – The Titans energized the city of Nashville while surprising observers across the NFL during a memorable playoff run during the 2019 season.
Along the way, running back Derrick Henry established himself as one of the league's elite stars.
On Wednesday, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame recognized the franchise – and one of its star players – for the success.
Today, the TSHOF named Henry the Pro Athlete of the Year while also announcing the Titans as the Pro Team of the Year in the state of Tennessee.
In a statement, Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk recognized the work of General Manager Jon Robinson, Coach Mike Vrabel and the players while discussing the team's success.
"The 2019 season was certainly one to remember for our organization and our fans," Strunk said. "I was so proud of how our team came together in advancing to the AFC Championship game. There is plenty of credit to go around from Jon and his construction of the team, to Mike and his leadership and to our players who brought the game plans to life. We have seen consistent progress each year and we hope to see that progress continue this year."
The honors will be formally presented at the Hall of Fame's annual induction on Aug. 1, 2020 at Omni Nashville Hotel, the same night Dolly Parton will be honored as the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame 2020 Tennessean of the Year "for her historic mark on the music industry and her philanthropic work in Tennessee and worldwide."
In 2019, the Titans made it to the playoffs as a No. 6 seed before knocking off the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Foxborough in the Wild Card Round. The Titans followed that win up with a victory over the top-seeded Ravens in Baltimore. The Titans reached the AFC Championship Game before falling to eventual Super Bowl LIV champions Kansas City Chiefs.
Henry was a workhorse along the way, and he finished the year as the NFL's leading rusher with 1,540 yards while also racking up 16 rushing touchdowns during his Pro Bowl season. In three playoff games, Henry rushed for 446 yards and two touchdowns, including 64 rushes for 377 yards in two playoff wins. Henry also was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year for the NFL's 2019 season.
The TSHOF previously announced its 11-member 2020 Induction Class, a group that includes former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.
Tickets for the 2020 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony are available by contacting The Hall at 615-418-9595.
A look back at RB Derrick Henry's 2019 Pro Bowl season that saw him rush 303 times for an NFL-leading 1,540 yards (5.1-yard avg.) and 16 touchdowns. (Photos: Donald Page)