YULEE, Fla. – Alabama football star and Yulee native Derrick Henry is being honored by Nassau County Commissioners.
At the County Commissioner's meeting on Dec. 14, the board made a motion to place a sign on State Road 200 and A1A near the current Sheriff's Administration Building and on U.S. 17 at the old School Board property in honor of Henry.
As a junior, Henry scored three touchdowns Monday night as the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Clemson 45- 40 for their fourth national championship in seven years. The Alabama running back was also the 2015 Heisman Trophy Winner.
The board approved a resolution Monday evening requesting the Florida Department of Transportation to create and place customized place name signs, recognizing Nassau County as the home of Derrick Henry.
Commissioners have organized a fundraising campaign to assist with funding to cover the costs for the signs, as well as for a Derrick Henry Day Celebration. The date of the celebration has not yet been determined.
The county is currently seeking donations to assist with the costs of constructing the signs, as well as a Derrick Henry Day Event which will consist of a parade and celebration. Just over $500 has been raised, but the board said they still have a long way to go.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can mail a check to the Nassau County Manager's Office at 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 1, Yulee, FL 32097 and should include a reference on the memo that the money is for the Derrick Henry Day Celebration. People can also visit the County Manager's Office to make a cash donation.