My name is Jeremy Brener and I’m writing from the comfort of sunny Orlando, Florida, so naturally I am in my dark room watching ESPN and old Texans highlights. Orlando has been my home since August as I moved here to attend college at the University of Central Florida (also home to my favorite ex-Texan A.J. Bouye), but I am a Houstonian through and through.
I’m the baby of the BRB team, and I was born in the post-Oilers era. For me, there has been nothing but the Texans. I was just four years old when the Texans started playing, and I attended my first Texans game in 2004. I went with my dad and all I can remember is that we left in the third quarter because the Texans were losing by multiple scores and somebody needed a nap. Granted, the Texans scored three touchdowns after I left and they lost the game in overtime. I was convinced that I was a bad luck charm, so I didn’t attend a game for years.
Despite not attending the games, I would watch every Sunday from the comfort of my couch. In case I needed a nap, I would at least be in a comfortable position to do so. However, when the Schaub era came and I was old enough to really understand what was going on, I couldn’t keep my eyes off the TV. Football had a way of fascinating me like no other sport could, and that’s not to say I’m not intrigued by other sports, but football has a special place with me, and specifically the Texans.
I always feel like the Texans are misunderstood. As the newest franchise in the NFL and in a place formerly dominated by Cowboy Nation, I feel a bit of pride being the underdog. The Texans are an underdog story in the NFL, and that adds to the appeal of being a Texans fan for me.
I have experience in sports journalism, as I am majoring in journalism at UCF. I also contribute for The Dream Shake, the SB Nation’s Houston Rockets blog, and Outsports. Earlier this year, I was able to cover the Pro Bowl for Outsports, but I didn’t get to meet any Texans. Hopefully this year will be the same because I want to see them in Minnesota for Super Bowl LII. I just want one Super Bowl in my life for the Texans. That isn’t too much to ask, especially because I’m young. But anyway, I’m really excited to be able to join the team at BRB. I’ve been a silent reader for a while and am eager to become a more vocal member of the community!