Most busts in the NFL? Derrick Henry fires back at Alabama's reputation in the pros
The narrative may be tired by now with recent additions to the NFL, but former Alabama star RB Derrick Henry still found himself defending the Alabama reputation of having the “most busts in the NFL.”
Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and linebacker Will Compton, who played at Michigan and Nebraska, talked with Henry on a recent episode of Barstool Sports’ “Bussin’ with the Boys.”
They started by talking about Baltimore’s Marlon Humphrey, when Henry said, “Built by Bama,” a popular rallying cry for former Alabama players in the NFL. Then Lewan said Alabama, “probably has the most busts in the NFL.”
“If you look at Bama, there’s the Derrick Henrys that are good, Dont’a Hightower,” Lewan said then had a long pause. “They have a lot of guys that do well in the league, but they have so many busts.”
Henry replied, “Who? … We’ve got the most players in the league. … Even if they had short careers.”
Lewan then listed Mark Barron and Chance Warmack before they went through a list of players and beeped out many of the names.
“A lot of practice squad dudes, a lot of second-team guys,” Lewan said.
The numbers show that 64 Alabama alumni played in NFL regular-season games during the 2020 regular season, more than any other college program produced, according to AL.com.
Two were chosen as first-team All-Pros – Henry after he became the eighth player in NFL history with 2,000 rushing yards in one season and Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who earned the honor for the second straight season.
Three more former Crimson Tide players joined Fitzpatrick and Henry as Pro Bowl selections for the 2020 season, including Humphrey, Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly.
The NSFW conversation about Alabama alumni starts around the 51:40 mark below: