Titans’ Derrick Henry has best half, surpasses 5,000 rushing yards vs. Colts

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Derrick Henry had his biggest first half ever as a Titan, surpassing 5,000 career rushing yards against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Henry needed 88 rushing yards and surpassed the 5,000-yard mark on a 31-yard run with four minutes left in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.

He finished the first half with 17 carries for 140 yards and three scores, becoming the second player in franchise history, first since Lorenzo White on Dec. 9, 1990, vs. Cleveland, to have three touchdowns rushing in the first half.

Henry carried 27 times for 178 yards and the three scores in a 45-26 win over the Colts.

He has rushed for at least three touchdowns three times in his five-year career and marked his 20th 100-yard game. Henry joined Eddie George (10,009), Earl Campbell (8,574) and Chris Johnson (7,965) in the Oilers-Titans 5,000-yard rushing club.

With his performance Sunday, Henry has three seasons with over 1,000 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns rushing, only Campbell has more in franchise history (5).

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During Week 2, Henry surpassed 4,000 yards on the ground in a 33-30 win at Nissan Stadium over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 20. He carried 25 times for 84 yards.

Henry rushed for over 100 yards six times coming into Sunday’s game and exploded for 212 yards, including a 94-yard touchdown rushing, in a 42-36 win over the Houston Texans in Nashville. He became the first player in NFL history with 200-yard rushing games in three consecutive seasons.

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Henry marked career-highs in 2019 and led the NFL in carries, 303; rushing yards, 1,540; and rushing touchdowns, 16.

The Titans selected the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Ex-Bull Derrick Rose reflects on career, fight for equality in Adidas video

Derrick Rose is entering Year 13 of his NBA career with a fresh perspective.

In a recently-released video sponsored by Adidas, the former Bulls star reflected on his basketball career, recent social unrest in the United States and his commitment to stand for equality. 

The piece is a part of Adidas’ “Ready for Change” film series, meant to shine light on professional athletes’ motivation to compete on and off the court. Notable submissions aside from Rose include Liz Cambage, P.K. Subban, J.J. Redick, John Collins and more.

“It’s hard growing up in Chicago. It’s hard trying to fight these boundaries and you have to fight through so many elements to find out what you are,” Rose said in the video. He added that he never personally experienced police brutality growing up in Englewood, but that stories of injustice “haunted” his neighborhood.

“Everybody is different, that’s how I look at it,” he said. “Just trying to be open so that I’m never blocked off or being judgemental to someone I don’t understand.

“Knowing yourself or getting knowledge of yourself, that’s like an ongoing thing. Every day I’m working on myself.”

After multiple severe knee injuries that culminated in an abrupt end to his Bulls tenure, the former MVP has spearheaded an on-court resurgence with stops in Minnesota and Detroit, highlights of which are featured in the film.

Achieving basketball mastery clearly motivates him. “They say it’s 10,000 hours to master something, I’m at least 25 to 30,000 for sure,” he said.

 

But the gratitude he feels for the platform basketball has given him drives him as well.

“This is a way for me to express myself,” he said of basketball. “My biggest thing was like, I wanted to make sure everybody was equal, that we’re all on the same page… My platform of basketball has given me the chance to touch others in another way that I can’t even explain.”

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Derrick Henry is the celebrity guest picker for ESPN College GameDay

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ESPN “College GameDay” chose to air this week from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, ahead of the Saturday night showdown between the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide and No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. 

At the end of Saturday’s show, host Rece Davis and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack will be joined by a celebrity guest picker to pick games. 

“College GameDay” airs on ESPN and ESPNU each Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT during the college football season. 

College GameDay: How to watch ESPN College GameDay this week from Tuscaloosa on TV, live stream

Who is the guest picker today on ESPN College GameDay? 

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Henry scored two touchdowns as the Titans won 42-16. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) (Photo: The Associated Press)

ESPN “College GameDay” announced 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry will be the guest picker in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. 

Henry is currently a member of the Tennessee Titans, the team that drafted him 45th overall out of Alabama in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

Henry played at Alabama from 2013-15. In addition to winning the Heisman Trophy in 2015, he also won the Doax Walker Award, Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year. 

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This is the 15th trip for ESPN “College GameDay” to Tuscaloosa, and Alabama is 6-8 in the previous 14 games. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik

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Derrick Henry makes picks with ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ as Lee Corso climbs elephant

Derrick Henry might have been video bombed while making his Alabama-Georgia pick Saturday during ESPN’s “College GameDay,” the but the Tennessee Titans running back overcame it like a would-be tackler.

The former Alabama running back was the guest picker and didn’t disappoint.

“Of course, we know the passing ability,” Henry explained about Alabama’s offense. “We can go over the top on anybody. I think Najee Harris’ receiving skills will come in heavy emphasis today. I’m going with Bama all the day. Roll Tide, baby.”

Perhaps even more entertaining was Lee Corso, who continues to do the show from remote.

“For years, I wanted to be on a big elephant when I picked Alabama,” he said. “They never let me do it. Today, I get my wish. Roll Tide.”

In fact, Henry, Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack all picked Alabama. Kirk Herbstreit was the lone pick for Georgia.

All five picked South Carolina over Auburn.

Here are how they picked the other games:

Henry, Pollack and Corso picked No. 11 Texas A&M to win at Mississippi State, while Howard and Herbstreit picked the Bulldogs.

All five picked Ole Miss over Arkansas and Tennessee over Kentucky.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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