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The Derrick Henry you don’t know

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Dog-lover. Adam Sandler-super fan. Not exactly words usually associated with the NFL’s most terrorizing player.

Derrick Henry showed up to a Titans press conference last week wearing a shirt promoting pet adoption. His white tee featured a blown-up image of a pup named Bam Bam, a dog up for adoption in the Nashville area through Mars Petcare.

“I’m trying to find this dog a home,” he told reporters at the time. When The Post spoke with Henry this week, while promoting his Milk VS challenge, he was on mission for an update about Bam Bam.

“I hope he was [adopted] man. The dog definitely deserves a home, [he’s] a man’s best friend,” he said, adding, “I hope I did enough to help Bam Bam get adopted, and that a great family took him in and gave him a home.”

Henry’s involvement with Mars Petcare is close to his heart, as he adopted a goldendoodle named Nala in 2017. Even before then, his humble attitude and will to give back were instilled in him at a young age.

“My grandmother always showed me how to care for others and to be thankful and humble with all your blessings because they can be gone tomorrow,” said the 27-year-old. “That also translates to the fans because they work hard to come see us, so any time I can spend with them after games and sign autographs or jerseys is always special.”   

At 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, Henry is the top running back in the NFL. Despite an eye-popping workload he has dominated all season for the 5-2 Titans.

Derrick Henry celebrates during the Titans' win over the Bills on Oct. 18, 2021.
Derrick Henry celebrates during the Titans’ win over the Bills on Oct. 18, 2021.
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While he’s on track to break a number of records this season, Henry told The Post that he’s not focused on personal goals because “the individual things will fall in place the way you want them too. I’ve always been a team-first guy.”

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

Henry’s rise as an NFL star has coincided with the birth of his daughter Valentina Allure Henry, born in May 2020.

“Fatherhood is the best. Everyday is like Christmas, watching her grow, I notice something different about her every day,” he said. “Anything she does is the coolest thing in the world. All I want to do is be the best father I can be. She’s a blessing to my family and a blessing to me. She’s a gift from God and I’m very blessed and thankful for my little girl.”

Henry’s style lives up to his flashy “King Henry” nickname. His fashion is bold and bright, just like his diamond chains and nose jewelry — an interesting contrast to his low-key, subdued personality at home.

“I really just love to relax, watch movies and chill with my one-year-old daughter and play with her,” he said. “Really, when I get home [from practice or a game] and get done with work, my favorite thing to do is watch movies, especially in the offseason with my family. If I’m not working out, I’m home and a homebody.”

Fun fact: Henry loves “funny” movies, especially Sandler ones. He also noted that Sandler is “a hooper” in New York parks during pickup games.

“I’m a big Adam Sandler fan,” said Henry, who noted that he drinks milk after games to rebuild his muscles. “I am seeing him wearing stuff you’d never expect to see people hooping in. He makes polos look like a regular outfit people hoop in.”


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