How can Derrick Henry be so big and also so fast? It’s a question we may never know the answer to. But just because we don’t understand how the Tennessee Titans running back can do what he does, we can always admire how he does it.
With the Titan trailing the Houston Texans 23-21 in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Henry took the handoff at his own six-yard-line and proceeded to carve his way through the defensive line before running right towards three different defenders who all appeared to be within tackling distance of him. And yet, he blazed right by all of them en route to a 94-yard touchdown run that was truly something to behold.
DERRICK HENRY 94-YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN! @KingHenry_2
— NFL (@NFL) October 18, 2020
And when you factor in his size, it truly doesn’t make sense how Henry is able to put up that kind of speed in full pads against the most elite football players in the world.
Derrick Henry hit 21.6 mph on that run….at 6-foot-3, 247 lbs. #Titans
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) October 18, 2020
The touchdown put Tennessee up 29-23 and gave Henry 202 rushing yards on the day. The Texans eventually came back to take the lead, but that doesn’t diminish the power of this run.
It also puts Henry in some very exclusive company. This was the second touchdown run of 90+ yards in Henry’s career. That makes him only the fifth player in NFL history to have multiple touchdown runs of that length. He joins Bo Jackson, Lamar Miller, Ahman Green, and Chris Johnson in the club.
Henry’s other long run was a 99-yard touchdown scamper in 2018 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.