There are few things in the NFL right now more enjoyable than watching Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry absolutely truck defenders. Normally the 6-foot-3, 247-pound runner can just bruise and bully his way through people, but every so often he unleashes a stiff arm so magnificent that it needs to be appreciated (they’ve literally written articles about it).
Such was the case on Sunday when Henry met Detroit Lions defensive back Alexander Myres in the open field and promptly ruined the man’s day and potentially his career.
Derrick Henry with the MEAN stiff arm! 👑
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) December 20, 2020
There are stiff arms and then there are STIFF ARMS.
The first bitch slap in NFL history. My God. pic.twitter.com/nkyiASYPt6
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) December 20, 2020
This disrespectful demolition of a defender got us thinking about some of Henry’s other stiff arms over the years and there never seems to be a bad time to take a trip down stiff-arm memory lane.
We’re merely weeks removed from another one of Henry’s most iconic defender shake-offs. This one involved the Titans RB just throwing Bills corner Josh Norman like he was a small child.
Derrick Henry threw a dude lol pic.twitter.com/lgOrvdeHOX
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) October 14, 2020
Back in 2018, Henry gave us a glimpse of the stiff arms to come when he went full-on Beast Mode with three stiff arms against the Jaguars on a touchdown run.
DERRICK HENRY WITH ONE OF THE BEST RUNS IN NFL HISTORY. pic.twitter.com/KzJgD4Xmls
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 7, 2018
And if you’ve got the time, here’s a whole highlight reel of Henry’s best stiff arms and broken tackles headed into 2020.
While there weren’t too many stiff arms to speak of, it’s also a good time to remember the way Henry effectively dominated the New England Patriots by himself in the playoffs last year.
Derrick Henry gained every yard on Tennessee’s 75-yard TD drive😦
He’s on a different level.
— PFF (@PFF) January 5, 2020
Henry is doing way more than creating stiff-arm highlight reels this season. He seems to be setting rushing records every couple of games and remains on pace to challenge for 2,000 yards on the year.
Anyway, the point is that Derrick Henry is very, very good and if you see him running towards you, we advise you to get out of the way. Or at least avoid his stiff arms.