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Derrick Henry Is Ridiculous, Becomes First 2,000-Yard Rusher Since 2012

Derrick Henry continues to prove that he’s the best running back in the NFL. On Sunday, the five-year veteran out of the University of Alabama became only the eighth player in league history to rush for over 2,000 years.

The performance came against the Houston Texans while battling for a playoff berth. With the season on the line, the 6-foot-3, 247-pound runner continues to play at an elite level while trying to carry the Tennessee Titans to the postseason.

So far, he’s rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, which puts his season total at 2,003 yards. Here are the other seven running backs who have rushed for 2,000 yards in a single season.

  • Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (2012) – 2,097 yards
  • Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (2009) – 2,006 yards
  • Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (2003) – 2,066 yards
  • Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions (1997) – 2,053 yards
  • Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos (1998) – 2,008 yards
  • Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (1984) – 2,105 yards
  • O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills (1973) – 2,003 yards

That’s elite company to be in, right?

Surprisingly, the Titans are the only team in NFL history to have two different players rush for over 2,000 yards. Chris Johnson, also known as CJ2K, ran for 2,006 yards back in 2009.

Henry has rushed for over 100 yards in 10 of the team’s 16 regular season games this season. He’s exceeded 200 yards on three separate occasions, including the matchup on Sunday against the Texans.

This is the first time that a player has exceeded that ridiculous difficult mark since Adrian Peterson did it with the Vikings back in 2012.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. He’s not getting enough push for MVP. To run for 2k in a passing era makes it r red ben more of an accomplishment. It’s hard to argue any player has more of an impact on one team’s success than Henry, and the consistent dominance all year adds punctuation.

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