Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, both nicknamed “Kings”, are each other’s fans.
The Titans tweeted a snippet of James’ new Thursday Night Football alternative stream titled “TNF in The Shop” where he saw Henry on the air and sang his praises.
“King Henry, my friend,” said James. “He’s my favorite player in the NFL.” Henry’s animated response: “King James LOVES BIG BRO!”
For James, it’s about how Henry changed the game for bigger runners.
“For years they have always said that runners of this size or this height cannot survive,” James explained.
He added that Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson was also a similar influence, but Henry is different.
“King Henry changed him in a completely different way… not only is he tall like Eric Dickerson, he’s built like a midfielder. either it will be a hard hand or he will run around you.”
Dickerson, who holds the NFL single-season rush record with 2,105 rushing yards in the 1984 season for the Los Angeles Rams, agrees.
While some questioned Henry’s ability to bounce back after missing half of the 2021 regular season with a foot injury, Dickerson saw potential.
“I consider myself a big back, and when he came up to me, I thought, “Damn, he makes me look small.” – Dickerson, height 6-3, 225 pounds, remembered about his first meeting with Henry.
“He reminds me of me,” Dickerson added. “For me, he is the best in the league, by far. And for me, it’s not even close. And I think people know this. The guy came back and played with a broken leg and didn’t even know it.”
James, a four-time NBA champion, has had several bold accomplishments in the NFL. They are treated once saying that his favorite player was Carson Wentz and that he no longer supports the Cowboys but instead the Cleveland Browns due to the way Dallas treated players kneeling during the national anthem.
Henry’s performance on Thursday night showed that James’ favorite player choice may be his best football opinion yet. The NFL’s top forward of 2020 ran 87 yards over the Packers defense and threw a 28-carry touchdown, even recording a jump pass for a touchdown in Tennessee’s 27-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.