Derrick Henry named Alabama Pro Athlete of the Year
Alabama great Derrick Henry continues to be recognized for his outstanding season (and postseason) with the Tennessee Titans. On Sunday, the former Crimson Tide standout was named the Alabama Pro Athlete of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
“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, per Titans senior writer Jim Wyatt. “The time I spent playing football for Coach 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 led the NFL in rushing, hitting career-highs of 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns on 303 carries in 2019, resulting in him being named a Pro Bowler, second-team All-Pro and FedEx Ground Player of the Year. Collecting multiple awards is nothing new for Henry as he won the Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award in 2015, his final season at Alabama.
In this year’s NFL playoffs, Henry carried Tennessee into the AFC Championship Game rushing for an impressive 377 yards in the first two rounds.
The Titans extended the 2016 second-round pick with a 4-year, $50 million contract in July.