Before we get into this latest piece on Andre Johnson from SI.com, please note that there is a well-established collection of folks who are on opposite ends of this topic. Some don't want to read anymore about Andre Johnson and how he feels, while others may still be looking for some type of closure. Some fans may feel bitter towards him, especially given recent quotes he has made, while others will be endeared to him forever for all he did during his time in Houston. Please be respectful of each other regardless of which point of view you have.
Clearly Johnson is seeking a championship ring before his career draws to a close. He obviously felt that the Colts were his best option to accomplish that, and we have heard how happy he is with his new quarterback Andrew Luck, and how miserable he was the last two years with the Texans. This latest article at SI.com brings out a few more quotes, where Johnson makes it clear that things could have ended better than they did.
"After you’ve been somewhere so long, you never think you’ll join another team," said Johnson on Sunday in Colts’ training camp at Anderson University, minutes after the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver left the practice field. "And then, to actually be on the team you’ve had a hard time beating, it’s kind of crazy."
With Texans head coach Bill O’Brien planning on diminishing his role in 2015, Johnson sought and was granted his release in March. And then he set his sights on joining Indianapolis, the team—and former AFC South rival—he identified as having the best possible road to the Super Bowl. It’s the most important go route Johnson has ever run, and the journey seems to have rejuvenated him.
I honestly wish Andre Johnson had gone to an NFC team. If that were the case, I'd have no problem pulling for him to get a ring so long as it isn't at Houston's expense. The fact that he went to the division nemesis for the Texans makes that nearly impossible. I respect all that he as done through the years. I'm glad he is really enjoying his experience with his new team and a "shiny" quarterback who is off to a potentially legendary career.
That being said, I hope the Texans obliterate the Colts in the two scheduled match-ups this season, and that Indy is wedged so deep in the bowels of the AFC South that they get neck-strains looking up at even the Jaguars and Titans in the standings. Johnson may not be purposely trying to "get back" at the Houston Texans with his move to Indy, but the Colts are the enemy, plain and simple.