Titans' Derrick Henry Joins Nashville Soccer Club Ownership Group

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVApril 26, 2022

FILE - Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry runs against the Indianapolis Colts in an NFL football game in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. The Titans have moved a step closer to having the 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year back, opening the 21-day window Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, for Derrick Henry to start practicing. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has joined the ownership team for Nashville SC of Major League Soccer, the team announced Tuesday.

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Actress Reese Witherspoon and technology investor Jim Toth were also announced as minority owners.

"As a kid growing up in Florida, I imagined being a professional sports owner, and the opportunity to do that with a Major League Soccer club is truly a dream come true," Henry said. "My investment in Nashville SC is way more than financial; it's truly an investment in the city of Nashville. The chance to be part of a club like Nashville SC, especially after seeing what they are accomplishing in the community, was an opportunity I did not want to miss."

Henry has spent his entire professional career in the city of Nashville after being drafted by the Titans in the second round of the 2016 draft. In six years, he has two Pro Bowl selections and two rushing titles.

The 28-year-old signed a four-year, $50 million extension two years ago and has $30.9 million in career on-field earnings.

Henry is now investing some of that money to support another professional team in the same city.

"We meant it when we said we were doing this in Nashville, with Nashville and for Nashville," principal owner John Ingram said. "Having Derrick, Reese and Jim join our group signals our commitment to being a club that is going to do things at the highest level and with the best Nashville has to offer."

Nashville SC is in its third season in MLS and is set to open Geodis Park on May 1, making it the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The venue is expected to hold 30,000 fans, which will likely be full for the first game against Philadelphia.

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Nashville has played its first eight games on the road to begin the 2022 season while the stadium was being finalized.