Week 11 Bama Pro of the Week: Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry has shown absolutely zero intention of slowing down in the 2020 NFL season. Henry handed the Baltimore Ravens a second crushing defeat within a calendar year, topping off his 133-yard day with a 29-yard touchdown in overtime to seal an important tie-breaker for his Tennessee Titans.
Not only did Henry put another tick in the Titans' win column with his final carry, but he also scored his 50th NFL touchdown, became the first back of the season to rush for 1,000 yards, and gave himself a lead in the rushing ranks over Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings.
With his third Bama Pro of the Week secured, it seems every week Henry finds some way to make noise and keep his Titans in the thick of the NFL Playoff race, keeping his name in many MVP conversations. Though the odds of outdueling Patrick Mahomes for the yearly award are out of favor, there is no doubt Henry is having another special season.
Henry is also headed toward a rare company if he can hold his rushing yards lead on Dalvin Cook. Should he finish atop the rushing leaderboard for a second straight season, he would be just the 11th player in NFL history to lead the league in rushing in back-to-back season. Out of each of those players only the very first to do so, Bill Paschall who played from 1943-1948, isn't in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On the same note, since 1957, when Jim Brown became just the third player to repeat as the rushing yards leader, every running back to do so won the MVP award in one of the seasons except on three occasions: Edgerrin James, Eric Dickerson, and the second stint for OJ Simpson.
There's still plenty of time left in the season, but as it stands now, Henry is well on his way to continue to push his name into an elite category, both in the present and in the all-time books.
Now for our honorable mentions:
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, Steelers: Five tackles and two interceptions for 37 yards
- Rashaan Evans, Titans: Nine tackles
- Jonathan Allen, Washington: Three tackles and three quarterback hits
- Amari Cooper, Cowboys: Six catches for 81 yards
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