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Derrick Henry gifts Titans offensive linemen Rolexes for winning rushing title

Derrick Henry rumbled for 1,540 yards this season and won the NFL rushing title, and the 26-year-old running back clearly understands it would not have happened without the Tennessee Titans offensive line paving the way.

To show his appreciation for the O-line’s integral contributions to him being the league’s rushing leader, Henry gave each member of the unit a Rolex watch.

It turns out that Henry made a promise to the offensive line ahead of the season that he would buy them all watches if he hit a certain number or secured the rushing title.

“Pretty cool, huh?, He took care of us,” Titans center Ben Jones said, via Jim Wyatt of Titans Online. “It’s special. He told us at the beginning of the year if we got a certain amount of yards and the rushing title, he would hook us up and it happened. He gave it to us and thanked us for how hard we work, but it wouldn’t have been done without him. That guy plays extremely hard and he deserves what he got, and the rushing total. We are happy for him.”

It should go without saying that Henry’s gesture was well received by members of the O-line, with guard Rodger Saffold saying of his watch, “I love it, I absolutely love it.”

Henry was a one-man wrecking crew in the Titans’ wild-card round victory over the New England Patriots, rushing 34 times for 182 yards. A similar performance out of Henry in the AFC divisional round Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens obviously would go a long way in helping the Titans stage another improbable upset.