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Derrick Henry is one of the most unique running backs in NFL history. At 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, he’s built more like a linebacker or defensive end than someone who carries the football on offense.
And yet, the Alabama product is working on back-to-back NFL rushing crowns. His 1,540 yards in 2019 led the league, and he’s currently in the lead with 1,317 this season.
In other words, Henry has been statistically dominate during that timeframe. But that isn’t really what Henry is worried about. The former second-round pick is worried about winning.
“I’m not really worried about stats. I’m worried about winning,” Henry said, via the Tennesseean. “Stats are stats. But for me, I’m worried about winning. Forget the stats.”
The Tennessee Titans have had their fair share of winning over the last couple of seasons. Last year, the team made it to the AFC Championship Game before losing to eventual Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.
This year, the Titans are tied with the Indianapolis Colts for having the best record in the AFC South (8-4). But the latest game was a rough outing as the Cleveland Browns. The score ended up being respectable at 41-35, but the Browns led 38-3 at one point.
Henry is obviously a major part of Tennessee’s offense. The more they can get him going, the better they tend to do.
His statistical success isn’t his focus, however. It’s a means to get wins.
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