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Derrick Henry records 1,000-yard rushing season in NFL

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry rushed for 93 yards on 16 carries on Sunday night to reach the 1,000-yard milestone for the 2018 NFL season.

Henry’s achieved the feat in the Titans’ 33-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, which knocked Tennessee out of the playoff picture and sent the Colts on to the postseason.

Henry finished the season with 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns on 215 carries. In his first two NFL seasons, Henry had 1,234 yards and 10 touchdowns on 286 carries.

Henry became a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in the NFL with a big December. The former Alabama All-American ran for 625 yards and eight touchdowns on 97 carries in five games in December. He had more rushing yards in the 12th month than any other player had in any month during the 2018 season.

Henry joined Bobby Humphrey, Shaun Alexander, Eddie Lacey and Mark Ingram as Crimson Tide alumni who have recorded 1,000-yard rushing seasons in the NFL.

Henry became the 14th player from an Alabama high school or college to do so. With Henry’s 2018 performance, those players have combined for 35 1,000-yard seasons.


The NFL 1,000-yard rushers with Alabama football roots include (with yearly totals presented as rushing attempts-rushing yards-rushing touchdowns):

William Andrews, Auburn

Atlanta Falcons

1979: 239-1,023-3

1980: 265-1,308-4

1981: 289-1,301-10

1983: 331-1,567-7

Joe Cribbs, Sulligent High, Auburn

Buffalo Bills

1980: 306-1,185-11

1981: 257-1,097-3

1983: 263-1,131-3

James Brooks, Auburn

Cincinnati Bengals

1986: 205-1,087-5

1989: 221-1,239-7

1990: 195-1,004-5

Bobby Humphrey, Glenn High, Alabama

Denver Broncos

1989: 294-1,151-7

1990: 288-1,202-7

Antowain Smith, Stanhope Elmore High

Buffalo Bills

1998: 300-1,124-8

New England Patriots

2001: 287-1,157-12

Stephen Davis, Auburn

Washington Redskins

1999: 290-1,405-17

2000: 332-1,318-11

2001: 356-1,432-5

Carolina Panthers

2003: 318-1,444-8

Shaun Alexander, Alabama

Seattle Seahawks

2001: 309-1,318-14

2002: 295-1,175-16

2003: 326-1,435-14

2004: 353-1,696-16

2005: 370-1,880-27

Rudi Johnson, Auburn

Cincinnati Bengals

2004: 361-1,454-12

2005: 337-1,458-12

2006: 341-1,309-12

Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, Etowah High, Auburn

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2005: 290-1,178-6

Ronnie Brown, Auburn

Miami Dolphins

2006: 241-1,008-5

Eddie Lacy, Alabama

Green Bay Packers

2013: 284-1,178-11

2014: 246-1,139-9

Mark Ingram, Alabama

New Orleans Saints

2016: 205-1,043-6

2017: 230-1,124-12

Jordan Howard, Gardendale High, UAB

Chicago Bears

2016: 252-1,313-6

2017: 276-1,122-7

Derrick Henry, Alabama

Tennessee Titans

2018: 215-1,059-12

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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