Tyrann Mathieu thought he broke his jaw trying to tackle Titans RB Derrick Henry earlier this season
Derrick Henry is no regular running back. At 6-3 and 247 pounds, the Tennessee Titans star is built like a truck and hits even harder. Because of that, it’s evident that opposing players have had a hard time trying to tackle Henry.
One of those opposing players thought he might have broken his jaw as a result of going head-to-head with Henry. According to an interview with CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco, Kansas City Chiefs defense back Tyrann Mathieu thought he had broken his jaw when trying to tackle Henry earlier in the 2019 season.
Mathieu, who measures in at 5-9 and 190 pounds, has a size disadvantage going up against the monstrous Henry. Despite so, “The Honey Badger” is a former first-team All-Pro selection and is one of the best safeties in the NFL.
Henry, a former Heisman Trophy winner, recorded 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He has put the Titans on his back to lead the team back to the AFC Championship for the first time since 2002.
Last week, Henry became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 180 yards in three straight games. He rushed for 195 yards on 30 carries while also adding a passing touchdown in the Titans upset victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Ravens.
In Tennessee’s three playoff games, Henry has totaled an incredible 588 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 6.1 yards per attempt.
The Chiefs will have have the laborious task of trying to stop Henry this Sunday, and Mathieu will get another shot at tackling the hottest running back in football.