NASHVILLE – Derrick Henry keeps building on his legendary status in the state of Alabama.
Henry, a Heisman-trophy winner at the University of Alabama, was named the Alabama Pro Athlete of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association on Sunday.
A representative at the school was on hand at a luncheon at the Alabama High School Athletic Association Headquarters in Montgomery to accept the award on Henry's behalf.
The last four winners of the award have been Philip Rivers, Justin Thomas, Julio Jones and Cam Newton.
"It's an honor to be named the Alabama Pro Athlete of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association," Henry said in a statement. "The time I spent playing football for Coach (Nick) Saban and the Crimson Tide were some of the best of my life, and I will always cherish my teammates, coaches and the fans who made my career at Alabama so memorable."
Henry turned in the best year of his NFL career in 2019, when he was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year and a Pro Bowler for the first time.
Henry was also named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press after leading the NFL with a career-best 1,540 rushing yards on 303 carries. Henry ranked third in NFL with 18 total touchdowns in 2019, and he ranked second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with 1,746 yards from scrimmage.
Henry joined Tennessee as a second-round selection in 2016.
In three seasons at Alabama (2013-15), Henry played in 39 games and totaled 602 carries for a school-record 3,591 yards and 42 rushing touchdowns and added 285 yards on 17 career receptions with three receiving scores. Henry won numerous awards including the Heisman Trophy, the Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Award, and Maxwell Award. During Alabama's victory over Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, he broke Shaun Alexander's record for most career rushing yards in Alabama history.
Titans veterans report for COVID orientation and physicals Saturday at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Donald Page)