Henry's Picks

This article was originally published in Bernie's Insiders magazine on 8/6/2002 and recounted Anthony Henry's interceptions during the 2001 season.

Here is a breakdown of Anthony Henry's 10 interceptions from the 2001 season:

Sept. 23 vs. Lions: Henry intercepted three passes in just his second game as a pro. The first was thrown by Ty Detmer on the final play of the first half. The second came early in the third quarter on the Browns' 30 and was returned for 53 yards to the 17, setting up a field goal by Phil Dawson. His third ended a Lions drive at the Browns' 12 late in the fourth quarter. Thanks in part to Henry, the Browns won 24-14.

Oct. 21 vs. Ravens: Henry intercepted a pass from Elvis Grbac at the Ravens' 41 and returned it 22 yards to the 19 to set up a 33-yard field goal and a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. The Browns won, 24-14.

Nov. 18 vs. Ravens: Henry had his second three-interception game of the season, becoming the first rookie to do that since the infamous Bobby Ply of the Dallas Texans (later the Kansas City Chiefs) in 1962. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. The first interception was at the Ravens' 39. Henry was tackled immediately, but the Browns turned the pick into a touchdown drive and a 10-0 lead. His second of the game occurred with only 25 seconds left in the first half when he swiped a pass intended for Travis Taylor at the Browns' 13, choking a Ravens drive. His third interception was for a touchback in the third quarter, ending another drive. The Browns won, 27-17.

Dec. 16 vs. Jaguars: Interceptions came in bunches for Henry. He picked off two more against the Jaguars, his eighth and ninth of the season. He intercepted a pass in the end zone intended for Keenan McCardell on the final play of the first half. He stole another at the Browns' 3 intended for Jimmy Smith in the third quarter and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown, slicing the lead to 9-7. The Browns lost the 'bottlegate' game, 15-10.

Jan. 6 vs. Steelers: Henry intercepted his 10th pass, tying a franchise record set by Thom Darden in 1978, when he swiped a pass from Tommy Maddox at the Browns' 15 to stop a Steelers drive. The Browns lost 28-7.

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