- Florida high school running back Kayleb Wagner broke one of Derrick Henry’s records on Saturday.
- To make his feat even more impressive, he did it after being born without a left hand.
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Congratulatory messages poured in for Kayleb Wagner over the weekend, but one meant just a little bit more than the rest. Wagner, who was born with one hand, broke Derrick Henry’s single-game high school rushing record and received a message from the NFL’s backfield king shortly after the game.
“We went back and forth for five minutes or so,” Wagner said to MaxPreps. “He congratulated me, said he would send me a pair of his cleats and game gloves. It was very, very cool. I think it really hit me then that I had the record.”
Henry was an absolute beast in high school. He looked like a man amongst boys at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds.
Derrick Henry’s highschool stats 🤯 pic.twitter.com/mDQVeSmfhQ
— Football Is Life (@FootbaIl_Tweets) September 5, 2021
Just look at the absurdity of these highlights:
During his four years at Yulee High School, Henry broke all kinds of records. One of which, however, was recently shattered.
Wagner, who is a class of 2023 recruit, stands 6-foot-1, 205 pounds. He totaled 535 yards and six touchdowns in a thrilling one-point win over South Walton High School on Saturday.
He started the scoring with an 83-yard touchdown run, tied the game with a 91-yard score and then eventually won the game with a 68-yard touchdown scamper. He also scored from 40 yards, 73 yards, 93 yards and 68 yards.
No big deal.
Wagner’s stat line was absolutely insane and he broke Henry’s single-game rushing record in the state of Florida in the win. The record previously stood at 502 rushing yards.
To make Wagner’s performance even more impressive, the Baker High running back was born without a left hand. He was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which causes malformations.
That hasn’t stopped Wagner from being an absolute beast. When he isn’t breaking Derrick Henry’s records on the field, he’s throwing up 300-pound cleans in the weight room.
— Kayleb Wagner (@Kaylebwagner) May 19, 2021
Through the first two games of 2021, Wagner has put up video game numbers. He rushed for 267 yards and four touchdowns in Baker’s season opener….
… on only four carries.
He then followed it up with his record-breaking night. Through the first two weeks of the year, Wagner has carried the ball 29 times for 802 yards— an average of 27.7 yards (!!) PER CARRY.
And to top it off, he has 10 touchdowns.
Wagner’s name is now etched in the Florida high school football record book alongside Henry, Dalvin Cook, Frank Gore, Edgerrin James and Fred Taylor. Well deserved.