If this is the era of the quarterback, it seems like nobody told Derrick Henry.
The 6’3, 240-pound Tennessee Titans running back is one of the most devastating forces in the league with the ball in his hands. Henry has led the NFL in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns the past two seasons, winning last season’s Offensive Player of the Year award. Before suffering an October foot injury, he was on pace to lead in those categories this season. Now, he's looking to return in time to lead the Titans into the playoffs.
Former NFL receiver Dez Bryant probably put it best:
His offseason workouts seem to get more ridiculous each year. His workload is based both on need and his sheer dominance. Attempt to try and tackle him is risking ending up on the wrong end of a highlight.
Henry spoke with GQ about how he eats and works out to maintain his body, being the latest athlete for Team Milk, and those eye-popping offseason workouts.
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GQ: Are you someone who abides by a strict diet, or you can eat whatever you want?
Derrick Henry: I don’t really have any strict eating ways. I think everyone deserves a cheat day. I snack here and there but not too much. I really enjoy eating fruit if I’m going to have snack.
What’s a typical day of eating look like for you?
For breakfast, it’s probably some eggs, some fruit, a glass of milk and water. For lunch, it’s usually whatever we have here at the facility. It would either be a steak, a sandwich—just whatever I’m in the mood for. I never can decide what I want to eat for dinner. It’s either going to be some steak, chicken or pasta with shrimp—or something close to that.
What does it mean to be part of Team Milk for this newest campaign?
My grandma used to tell me that milk strengthens your bones. Being part of Team Milk is perfect, especially encouraging kids to drink milk. I remember being a kid, walking around campus and seeing Got Milk? signs with athletes in the hallways. Now, I’m one of them and any time you can encourage the youth to do something that will benefit them— it’s cool.