I first fell in love with Houston Texans football in 2011. It was a special year. Despite losing starting quarterback Matt Schaub to a season-ending injury, the Texans still managed to qualify for the NFL playoffs. That was over ten years ago, but I vividly remember how happy I was to see the playoffs in Houston for the first time since 1993. I could tell how electric the atmosphere was at the Reliant Stadium even though I was watching it on TV. Andre Johnson was injured for much of the season, but still came back just in time for the Wild Card game against the Bengals. The Texans ended up winning 20-19, led by third quarterback TJ. .Yates. The Texans advanced to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, but ended up losing to the Baltimore Ravens.
Much of the Texans’ success that year was due to the hiring of Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator. Wade had that flying defense and was one of the best in the league that season. Another reason for Houston’s defensive success that year was due to first-round pick JJ Watt. Little did the Texans know that Watt would quickly become one of the best players in all of football and a lifelong fan favorite. It was amazing to see his progress and how he was dominating opposing teams every week.
Growing up in New York, almost all of my friends were Giants fans. They never understood why I decided to become a Texans fan. My answer each time was Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. These two will always be my favorite players and legends in Houston forever.
In 2022, we’re entering a new era in Texas football and I’m excited to see how Nick Caserio and Lovie Smith are building this team to help change the narrative. I am also very happy to be part of the Battle Red Blog team and will continue to post content for Texans.
Ed. To note: We are happy to have Nick. Make her feel welcome and introduce yourself in the comments section below.