Titans ready for another playoff run, “Won Not Done”

Tennessee wins the AFC South behind the running of 2000 yard back Derrick Henry
Joined by fellow 2000 yard running back and former Titan, Chris Johnson
Joined by fellow 2000 yard running back and former Titan, Chris Johnson(Titans Twitter)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:16 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - For the second straight year, the Tennessee Titans will attempt to make another run at the Super Bowl. The Titans won a hard fought game Sunday in Houston over the rival Texans, 41-38. They did it thanks to the running and passing of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, a last second field goal by fill-in placekicker Sam Sloman and the the relentless running of Derrick Henry, who was humble in his post-game remarks saying, ”We’re all doing it together, nobody is an individual and that’s why we were able to win the division and make the playoffs as a team. I’ve gotta be better, we have to be better and that’s the main focus going into the next week.” That’s the focus of this team, which to a man, will tell you they’re far from finished. In fact, their motto on social media, which is catching on is, Won Not Done.

Forgive us if we gush a little over the accomplishments of King Henry, who joins former Titans running back Chris Johnson in Club-2K. The two running backs spoke after an accomplishment Johnson said he enjoyed watching unfold.

“We talked after the game,” Johnson said on Monday, one day after Henry finished the 2020 season with 2,027 rushing yards. “I told Derrick: It was beautiful to watch. For me to sit back and watch it myself, now I know how others felt when they told me how excited they were watching me. I was so happy, so excited for Derrick.

“This is something he’ll never forget. No one will ever forget it. He rushed for 2,000 yards in the NFL, and he’s one of only eight guys ever to do it. It is phenomenal.”

Henry, who ran for 250 yards in Tennessee’s 41-38 win over the Texans on Sunday, led the NFL and set a franchise record with 2,027 rushing yards in 2020. He became the eighth player in league history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a season. His 2,027 rushing yards gave him the fifth-highest total in NFL history behind Eric Dickerson’s 2,105 (1984), Adrian Peterson’s 2,097 (2012), Jamal Lewis’ 2,066 (2003) and Barry Sanders’ 2,053 (1997).

Henry broke Johnson’s franchise mark of 2,006 rushing yards in 2009. Johnson set his mark in the season finale in Seattle.

The Titans became the first NFL franchise to have two players reach the 2,000-yard rushing mark.

Former Oilers running back Earl Campbell produced a 1,934-yard season in 1980, and a 1,697-yard season in 1979. Former Titans running back Eddie George ran for 1,509 yards during the 2000 season.

“All records will eventually be broken one day,” Johnson said. “If anyone was going to run for 2,000 yards again, I’m glad it came from somebody who plays for the Titans. … The Titans, we basically have the best running backs in NFL history – we have two guys who rushed for 2,000 yards. We’re the only franchise to have two running backs go over 2,000 yards.”

Henry and Johnson have become friends over the years.

Johnson said he’s rooted for Henry ever since he first arrived in the NFL back in 2016 after a stellar career at the University of Alabama.

Henry became the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson (2006-07) to lead the NFL in rushing yards in consecutive seasons. Henry previously led the league in 2019 with 1,540 rushing yards. He finished the season with 2,141 scrimmage yards (2,027 rushing and 114 receiving), which ranks second in franchise history behind Chris Johnson’s 2,509 scrimmage yards in 2009.

“Watching Derrick these past couple of years, I’m a big fan of is,” Johnson said. “I’ve always wanted to see him do great. … I remember a couple of years ago, when some people were giving up on him, I always said, the type of back he is, just “Feed the beast, man. Feed the beast.’ After that, they started feeding him, and you see how it turned out.”

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