Andre Johnson Makes the Hall of Fame!
The wait is over for one of the best players in Texans history and the current Texans clean up on award night
Andre Johnson is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Texans legend found out today as he got the infamous knock on his door to be a member of the most prestigious “team” in all football.
Johnson is the greatest offensive player in the team’s history. If there is a career record in a Texans uniform, Johnson probably owns it. He led the team in receiving 10 times on his way to 13,597 receiving yards in a Texans uniform. He amassed 64 touchdowns in his 12 years with the team coming from seven quarterbacks.
He was nearly unstoppable at times. He was an athletic freak with hands of glue who ran through or around any player in his way. The first star in the team’s history. Johnson’s trademark cool demeanor never faltered, with one exception thanks to Cortland Finnegan. The games and play spoke for itself.
Andre Johnson has a red jacket courtesy of his induction into the Texans Ring of Honor but he is getting a gold one now as he heads to what many have called “football heaven.” (Picture courtesy of the Houston Texans social media.)
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be the Texans’ first Hall of Fame inductee than Andre Johnson,” Texans Chair and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “Every time he took the field, we knew he was bringing an incomparable passion and intensity that was a joy to watch. His impact across our community is immeasurable and we are thrilled he has secured his rightful place in NFL history forever. Andre will always be a Texan and now, he is officially a Hall of Famer.”
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The Rookie Award Sweep!
C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson won their respective Rookie of the Year awards. C.J. Stroud dominated the voting for the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Defensive end Will Anderson won Defensive Rookie of the Year by a solid margin.
The future of the Texans is in great hands. It is very possible each will compete for their respective non-rookie awards in the future. Anderson has the talent to eventually challenge for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
C.J. Stroud has already said multiple times he wants to win an MVP award. He was in the conversation in the middle of the season and there is little reason to believe he can’t stay in the conversation and ultimately win the award with his talent.
Nick Caserio deserves a ton of credit for taking the swing to get both of those players. DeMeco Ryans and his staff deserve credit for coaching those players. Their teammates need credit too. Ultimately C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson deserve the credit as it is their skills and talents that helped them each earn these awards.
DeMeco Ryans and Bobby Slowik “Lose” to Browns Coaches
DeMeco Ryans got so close to winning the Coach of the Year award. He had the same amount of points in the voting as the winner Kevin Stefanski, but Stefanski had one more first-place vote earning him the award.
Browns defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was the assistant coach of the year while Bobby Slowik finished fourth for the award.
I have to imagine Ryans and Slowik are thrilled with their playoff win, even though they didn’t take home the regular season award. Maybe next year for both of them.
This was many moons ago and many shirt sizes ago but shoutout to the NOW Hall of Famer Andre Johnson.