When you see Derrick Henry on the news, it’s usually because he just embarrassed the living hell out of a helpless linebacker or defensive back on the football field.
But today, the former Alabama Heisman winner is making headlines for a much different reason, an off-the-field reason.
Nashville firefighter Jeremy Taylor’s home burned down in White Bluff earlier this year, and all of Taylor’s family’s possessions were destroyed by the fire. After Henry saw a post about Taylor on social media, he decided to chip in and help Taylor out.
“I saw the tweet and I was just touched by it, losing a home is such a tragic occurrence. Not only did I see the tweet, but I saw that he was a Titans fan and also a first responder.
Nashville has been through so much as a community- the tornado, the pandemic going on, and then the Christmas bombing. I just wanted to be able to help someone in need and someone who has been helping everyone else throughout the pandemic.
I was just touched by what I had seen about Jeremy and his family on Twitter and just wanted to do anything I could to help them. Just touched by his family and wanted to help Jeremy in his own time of need.”
Henry and his foundation, Two All, donated $10,000 to Taylor’s family. Campbell’s also added $5,000.
Henry sent a video message to Taylor while he was at work last week, and was awarded the check from Titan’s cheerleaders and other members of the organization. Henry also gave Taylor one of his signed No. 22 jerseys.
Taylor had this to say in response:
“I am blessed, very blessed… this has definitely been a blessing to my family. I am very overwhelmed. I don’t know what to say.”
Nashville firefighter Jeremy Taylor lost his home to a large fire recently. @NashvilleFD