It’s worth remembering there have been two 99-yard touchdown runs in NFL history. One was by a 247-pound back, who has a 94-yard run too.
Some backs that are Derrick Henry’s size have had NFL success, but they’re mostly from the same mold. They can punish a defense a few years at a time. Henry can do that too, but he can also bust a huge run like a back 50 pounds smaller.
Henry hit another home run on Monday night. He hit the hole, got past Bills safety Jordan Poyer who was being blocked (and Bills fans would probably argue, being held too) and then turned on the speed. Henry simply outran the Bills secondary. He looked like he was two steps faster than defensive backs much smaller than him. That’s because he was that much faster than everyone else on the 76-yard run.
How fast was Henry going? It was the fastest speed for any ballcarrier this season, 21.8 miles per hour. Tyreek Hill hasn’t reached a speed this season faster than Henry on his TD run. Again, Henry is 247 pounds.
It’s rare to see long runs in the NFL. Everyone is too fast and good to let that happen. It’s pretty much unheard of for a back who weighs nearly 250 pounds to do it consistently. Bur Henry is unlike any back we’ve ever seen.