Derrick Henry says Alabama ‘factory’ turns out NFL-ready players


LSU players in the NFL call their alma mater NFLSU because of the pro players pumped out by the program. But Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry said Alabama is like “a factory” producing NFL-ready players.

During his appearance on on the NFL Network program “Good Morning Football” on Friday, Henry was asked about comments by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills on the LSU players in the league. Mills is an LSU alumnus; Henry won the 2015 Heisman Trophy playing for Alabama.

“We call it NFLSU, man,” Mills said. “And if you’re talking about these super teams in the NBA, you put all these LSU players on the same team, they’d definitely be a super team in the NFL, for sure.”

Henry was asked to give an Alabama response.

“I feel like we’re a factory to the NFL,” Henry said. “We run everything at Alabama just like the NFL, so when you get to the NFL, it’s nothing new. It’s everything that you learned at Alabama that they all prepared you for, and we have guys in the league that make a lot of plays that look like they have been in the NFL for a while when they get here.”

On the current active rosters for the NFL’s 32 teams, Alabama has 39 players and LSU has 38.

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In comparing the Alabama and LSU players in pros, Henry was asked if he was better than Leonard Fournette. The former LSU running back was the fourth player picked in the 2017 NFL Draft and has rushed for 596 yards and six touchdowns on 130 carries for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.

“He’s a beast,” Henry said of Fournette. “He came in the NFL already showing like he’s been here for a long time. … He’s a great back, man, and he’s doing a great job for Jacksonville. I never want to take away from anybody who’s being successful and doing what he loves to do because you know it took a lot to get here.”

Jacksonville and Tennessee are tied for the lead in the AFC South with 5-3 records halfway through the 2017 NFL season.

Henry has 357 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries and six receptions for 45 yards heading into the Titans’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Henry promised the show’s hosts that he’d run over an opposing defender in the open field if he got the opportunity.


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