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This post is a summary of a Five Minutes of Football History edition of The Game Before the Money Podcast. New episodes are released each Tuesday. Many podcast episodes include interviews with pro and college football legends.

You likely know that Emmitt Smith owns the NFL career rushing record. Did you know that Derrick Henry owns the national high school career rushing record?

You might ask, “What’s the big deal about a high school record?”

The fact that the previous record stood for 59 years is what is such a big deal. Ken Hall set the long-standing record at Sugar Land High School in Sugar Land, Texas. His high school career ended in 1953. Derrick Henry broke the record as a senior at Yulee High School in Yulee, Florida in 2012. Think of all the great NFL running backs who went to high school between 1953 and 2012. That’s a pretty outstanding group and it puts the record into perspective!

Learn more about the high school rushing record and where NFL stars Emmitt Smith, Herschel Walker, and Billy Sims fit into the mix in this episode of The Game before the Money Podcast


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