Derrick Henry not focused on potential big payday heading into 2019 season
Former Alabama RB (and Heisman Trophy winner) Derrick Henry has been in the NFL for three years now. In 2018, he went over 1,000 rushing yards for the Tennessee Titans for the first time.
Last year, he ran for 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns, but he’s not thinking about that heading into the 2019 season.
Per the Titans’ team website, Henry wants to do even better this fall before he is eligible for his first big payday. However, he said he’s playing for a love of the game, not a big paycheck:
“It’s starting over,” Henry said following a recent OTA. “We’re not worried about last year – last year is in the past. You have to start over.”
As he heads into the final year of his contract, he’s also not concerned with 2020, and beyond. He changed the subject with a “next question” when the topic came up.
“It’s football,” Henry said. “I fell in love with it before the money. I love football.”
Henry figures to be a big part of the Titans’ plans this fall, so it’ll be interesting to see how he performs. A big payday could be coming, but Henry will focus on that when the time comes.