Many players enter the NFL and dream of one day being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. They picture the large, luxurious, extravagant celebration in a momentarily bustling Canton, Ohio. The tailored gold jacket is slipped on, and their legend is immortalized in a grandiose bronze bust.
Your Houston Texans have yet to produce a player that has joined the hallowed Pro Football Hall Of Fame. YET (we are definitely not counting Ed Reed). However, there are some high quality players that have passed through NRG Stadium’s doors in the last decade. Pro Football Focus released their All Decade Top 101 List on Thursday. Eight (8) past and present Houston Texans players made the cut. Here are the players with their respective rank:
- J.J. Watt- #9
- DeAndre Hopkins- #30
- Chris Myers- #36
- Andre Johnson- #49
- Duane Brown- #58
- Tyrann Mathieu- #66
- Brandon Brooks- #70
- Jonathan Joseph- #94
Of those eight players, six are still currently active. Tyrann Mathieu and Brandon Brooks went on to win championships with the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively. DeAndre Hopkins, Duane Brown, and now Jonathan Joseph will seek to do the same with their new teams. The Houston Texans are still riding on J.J. Watt’s massive, fragile back. As for the non-active players, Andre Johnson and Chris Myers are happily enjoying retirement. May we keep them in our hearts forever.
Until we see the day where a Houston Texan is wearing a swanky gold jacket, these lists will have to hold us over. As is well known, the Houston Texans just don’t get much national media recognition or respect. Let’s enjoy this brief moment in the sun and focus on the good times that were had with these players; regardless of how their tenure with the team ended.
What are some of your best memories of these players? Are there any that you wish were still on the team? Which of the current Texans will be on the 2020’s All Decade List?