Tenessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has become only the eighth player in NFL history to finish the season with more than 2,000 rushing yards.
Henry came into the game needing 223 rushing yards to reach 2,000, an almost insurmountable goal for most backs in the league. But not for Henry, who had rushed for more than 200 yards four times in his career even before Sunday’s game.
The Pro Bowl running back finished the game with 250 rushing yards, leading the Titans to a 41-38 win over the Houston Texans and securing the AFC South title for Tennessee for the first time since 2008.
The first player to break 2,000 rushing yards was Buffalo Bills legend O.J. Simpson, who did it in 1973. The last player to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season was Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012 with the Minnesota Vikings.
Henry finishes the season with 2,027 yards and will look to continue his dominant play in the playoffs. With Henry leading the offense, the Titans were able to shock the NFL in the 2019 postseason, beating the favored New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens to reach the AFC Championship.
Henry has become the face of the franchise and was awarded for his spectacular play this year with a lucrative four-year, $50 million contract.