With the Tennessee Titans fighting for position in both the AFC and AFC South, Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry was also busy making some history in Week 17.
On Sunday afternoon against the rival Houston Texans, Henry tallied yet another 200-yard rushing game, but more importantly, became just the eighth running back in NFL history to surpass the 2,000-yard rushing mark in a single season.
Not only that, though, but Henry is now the second player in franchise history to accomplish such a feat as famed Titans running back Chris Johnson previously surpassed the 2,000-yard plateau back in 2009-10. Johnson infamously rushed for 2,006 yards just over a decade ago while Henry currently has 2,023 yards to his credit—246 of which have come down in Houston in Week 17.
As a result, Henry now owns the single-season record for the most rushing yards in a season by a Titans player—a mark that the aforementioned Johnson previously secured in 2009.
Derrick Henry becomes the 8th player in NFL history to rush for over 2k yards in a season! 👏pic.twitter.com/F9iYSPe8Ri
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“King Henry” continues to carve out a massive section of the history books and record books, both within the Titans franchise and on a league-wide basis. After leading the entire NFL in rushing yards a season ago, Henry had already cemented himself as the league's leading rusher in 2020-21 even before Week 17 got underway. With back-to-back rushing titles now under his belt, Henry also joins some seriously elite company as a member of the 2,000-yard rushing club.
In addition to the Titans tandem of Henry and Johnson, fellow NFL running backs Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Eric Dickerson, O.J. Simpson, Terrell Davis, and Jamal Lewis also rushed for 2,000 yards in a single season. Of course, the Titans account for 25 percent of this incredible group of NFL greats.