Houston Texans

Facts and information about the Houston Texans

  • The 10 players selected ahead of Texans defensive star J.J. Watt in the 2011 NFL Draft were: Cam Newton, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, Patrick Peterson, Julio Jones, Aldon Smith, Jake Locker, Tyron Smith, and Blaine Gabbert.
  • DeAndre Hopkins’ first three career TD receptions were thrown to him by three different quarterbacks: Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  • 2009 saw Texans quarterback Matt Schaub lead the NFL in passing attempts (583), pass completions (396), passing yards (4,770), and passing yards per game (298.1).
  • The Houston Texans were founded in 2002

  • Through 2010, the Houston Texans are one of just five NFL teams that have never drafted a Heisman Trophy winner in the NFL Draft.
  • The first touchdown Arian Foster would score in the NFL came in the 2nd quarter of a 2009 win over the Dolphins when he ran one in from 17 yards out.
  • The first five running backs who would have 100 yard rushing games in Texans franchise history were Domanick Williams, Jonathan Wells, Wali Lundy, Ron Dayne, and Steve Slaton.
  • In 2009, Matt Schaub became the first Texans quarterback to ever pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season.
  • In the opening game of the 2010 season, Arian Foster became the first Houston Texans player ever to rush for more than 200 yards in a game. He finished the game with 33 carries for 231 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Prior to joining the Texans in 2013, punter Shane Lechler had led the NFL in total punt yardage three times during his 13 years with the Raiders: 2003, 2008, and 2009.
  • The most TD passes Matt Schaub threw in any one game during his time with the Texans was five. This happened in a 2012 win over the Jaguars when he completed 43 of 55 passes for 527 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions.
  • The official colors of the Houston Texans are Deep Steel Blue, Battle Red, and Liberty White.
  • The Texans were brought into the league as an expansion franchise, awarding an NFL team to the city of Houston because of their loss of the Houston Oilers a few years earlier.
  • Wide receiver Andre Johnson was a familiar sight in his number 80 jersey during his 12 year run with the Houston Texans. Upon joining the Colts in 2015 he would switch to jersey number 81. Colts tight end Coby Fleener already wore jersey number 80.
  • Longtime Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak’s first coaching job after his playing career was over was as the running backs coach at Texas A&M.
  • The 32nd team, and 2002 expansion franchise, was originally awarded to the city of Los Angeles. After the Los Angeles ownership groups were unable to put together an approvable package, the NFL awarded the team to Houston.

  • The Texans became only the second expansion team ever to win their first game, beating the Dallas Cowboys 19-10.
  • NFL quarterbacks Nick Foles and Joe Flacco were drafted by teams using draft picks initially owned by the Houston Texans before being traded away.
  • During his 12 years with the Texans, wide receiver Andre Johnson went over the 100 yard receiving mark 51 times.
  • The first touchdown in Houston Texan history was thrown by Quarterback David Carr and caught by Tight End Billy Miller, it came on their third ever play from scrimmage.
  • In a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Texans set an NFL record for fewest total yards in a game by a winning team with 46 yards.
  • The first penalty that Texans running back Arian Foster would have called on him was Offensive Holding in a 2010 loss to the Eagles.
  • On September 25, 2011, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees became the first NFL quarterback to be sacked by Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt.
  • The Texans became the first expansion team to win their first two season openers after beating the Cowboys in 2002 and then the Dolphins in 2003.
  • During a 2006 game against the Oakland Raiders, the Texans finished the game with negative 5 yards passing and still won.
  • When it came to naming the franchise, five names made it to the final selection committee; Texans, Bobcats, Apollos, Stallions, and Wildcatters.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs original name in the AFL had been the Dallas Texans. Before officially naming the franchise the Houston Texans, team officials sought permission from Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt to use the name.
  • Andre Johnson caught 64 TD passes while playing for the Houston Texans. He caught those touchdown passes from six different quarterbacks: David Carr, Tony Banks, Sage Rosenfels, Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  • The first seven quarterbacks the Houston Texans would pick in the NFL Draft were David Carr in 2002, Dave Ragone in 2003, Drew Henson in 2003, B.J. Symons in 2004, Alex Brink in 2008, T.J. Yates in 2011, and Tom Savage in 2014.
  • In their first six years, the Texans have had the number one overall draft choice twice; selecting Quarterback David Carr in the team’s first year and Defensive End Mario Williams in 2006.
  • Houston Texans player DeMeco Ryans won the 2006 Defensive Rookie Of The Year Award.
  • Domanick Davis (later changing his name to Domanick Williams) won the 2004 Pepsi NFL Rookie Of The Year Award.
  • Before this current Houston Texans team, there have been five other professional football teams with the nickname Texans. The Kansas City Chiefs were originally the Dallas Texans. There was an original Dallas Texans NFL team that folded in 1952. There was a prior Houston Texans that eventually moved to Shreveport, Louisiana that played in the 1974 World Football League. Yet another team played as the Dallas Texans in the 1990’s, this time in the Arena Football League. Finally, when the Sacramento Gold Miners of the Canadian Football League moved to San Antonio for their final year before folding they played as the San Antonio Texans.
  • Quarterback David Carr tied an NFL record by completing 22 consecutive passes in a game. Mark Brunell had set the record a few weeks earlier on the exact same field.
  • At the time, when the Texans drafted Amobi Okoye in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft he was the youngest player ever drafted by an NFL team at 19 years old.
  • The first points scored in Houston Texans history came on a touchdown pass from rookie quarterback David Carr to tight end Billy Miller on the third play from scrimmage during the team’s first game.
  • When after their first season as a team both cornerback Aaron Glenn and defensive lineman Gary Walker were named to the Pro Bowl, the Houston Texans became the first expansion team to ever send more than one player to the Pro Bowl.
  • During the 2007 season, in a game against the Miami Dolphins, Texans kicker Kris Brown became the first kicker in the history of the NFL to successfully kick three field goals of 54 yards or longer in one game.
  • The Houston Texans were victorious in their first appearance on Monday Night Football when near the end of the 2008 regular season they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-17.

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