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Houston Texans

Houston Texans
Current season
Established 2002 (2002)
Play in and headquartered in NRG Stadium
Houston, Texas
Houston Texans logo
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (2002–present)

Current uniform
Team colors

Deep Steel Blue, Battle Red, Liberty White

Mascot Toro
Owner(s) Bob McNair (95%)
Chairman Bob McNair
CEO Bob McNair
President Jamey Rootes
General manager Rick Smith
Head coach Bill O'Brien
Team history
  • Houston Texans (2002–present)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)

Division championships (2)

Playoff appearances (2)
Home fields

NRG Stadium (2002–Present)

  • Formerly known as: Reliant Stadium (20022013)

The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The team is a member of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Texans joined the NFL in 2002 as an expansion team after Houston's previous franchise, the Houston Oilers, moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where they are now the Tennessee Titans.[1] The team majority owner is Bob McNair. The team clinched its first playoff berth during the 2011 season as AFC South division champions.[2] The Texans repeated as AFC South champions in 2012.


  • Franchise history 1
  • Team identity 2
    • Nickname 2.1
    • Logos and Uniforms 2.2
    • Mascots and cheerleaders 2.3
  • Rivalries 3
  • Statistics 4
    • Win-loss record 4.1
    • Notable records vs opponents 4.2
  • NFL playoffs record 5
  • Players of note 6
    • Current roster 6.1
    • NFL Draft history 6.2
      • First-round draft picks by year 6.2.1
    • Awards and honors 6.3
  • Coaches of note 7
    • Head coaches 7.1
    • Offensive coordinators 7.2
    • Defensive coordinators 7.3
    • Current staff 7.4
  • Traditions 8
  • Radio and television 9
    • Radio affiliates 9.1
  • Theme music 10
  • Work in the community 11
  • See also 12
  • Notes and references 13
  • External links 14

Franchise history

In 1997, Houston entrepreneur Bob McNair had a failed bid to bring a National Hockey League (NHL) expansion team to the city, and Bud Adams relocated the city's NFL team, the Houston Oilers, to Nashville where they were renamed the Tennessee Titans. In 1996, a year earlier, the Cleveland Browns had controversially relocated to become the Baltimore Ravens. As part of the settlement between the NFL, the city of Cleveland and the team owned by Art Modell, the league promised to return football to Cleveland within the following three years. In order to even out the franchises at 32, the league also contemplated adding another expansion franchise. As Houston was one of the favorites for the extra franchise along with Toronto and Los Angeles (which had lost the Rams and the Raiders in 1995), McNair then decided to join the football project and founded Houston NFL Holdings with partner Steve Patterson. In association with Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, they would push for a domed stadium as part of the bid to lure the NFL back to Houston. On October 6, 1999 the NFL awarded the 32nd team to Houston, at the cost of $700 million.[3]

The Houston Texans joined the league at the 2002 NFL season, playing at the newly founded Reliant Stadium. While the team struggled in early seasons, luck started to change once native Houstonian Gary Kubiak became the head coach in 2006. The Texans finished with a .500 season (8 wins and 8 defeats) in both 2007 and 2008, and nearly qualified for the 2009–10 NFL playoffs with a 9–7 result in 2009. In 2010, the team started the season on a 4–2 record going into a Week 7 bye week, but promptly collapsed 2–8 in the second part of the season, finishing 6–10. The following season, former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Texans, and the improved defense led to the Texans finishing 10–6, winning their first AFC South title.[4] The Texans then beat wild card Cincinnati Bengals 31–10 in the first round of the 2011-12 NFL playoffs,[5] before a 20–13 defeat to the Ravens in the semifinals.[6]

The Texans surged as the team to beat in the AFC South in 2012, holding an 11-1 record by week 14. However, they lost three of their last four games to finish 12-4; beating the rival Indianapolis Colts in that four-game stretch allowed them to clinch their 2nd AFC South title. The Texans beat the Bengals again in the wild-card round, but they lost in the second round to the New England Patriots.[7] The Texans started 2–0 in 2013 but went into a tailspin and lost every game afterwards. Head Coach Kubiak was fired after being swept by the rival Jacksonville Jaguars, who themselves started 0–8. Wade Phillips filled in as head coach, but the Texans' luck did not change, and they finished 2-14, tying, with 2006, their worst record in franchise history. The 14-game losing streak is also the worst in franchise history.

The Texans entered the 2014 season with a 14-game losing streak. Former Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien became the Texans' new head coach, and the third in franchise history, during the offseason.[8] In 2014, the Texans won three of their first four games, defeating the Redskins in the season opener, the Raiders, and the Bills, losing to the New York Giants. They lost three of their next four games, losing to the Cowboys, the Colts, and the Steelers, respectively.

Team identity


On March 2, 2000, Houston NFL 2002 announced that the team name search had been narrowed down to five choices: Bobcats, Stallions, Texans, Toros, and Apollos. The list of names was determined after several months of research conducted jointly by Houston NFL 2002 and NFL Properties. An online survey regarding the name generated more than 65,000 responses in just seven days.

On September 6, 2000, the NFL's 32nd franchise was officially christened the Houston Texans before thousands at a downtown rally on Texas Avenue. McNair explained that the name evoked "someone who's powerful, independent, courageous and hard-working".[9] The name had previously been the name of a defunct World Football League franchise, which moved to Louisiana to become the Shreveport Steamer, and the nickname Texans was also used by the precursor of the present-day Kansas City Chiefs, the Dallas Texans of the AFL. The nickname "Texans" was more recently used by the now-defunct Canadian Football League franchise in San Antonio. Owner Bob McNair did have to make a deal with Chiefs' owner Lamar Hunt to use the Texans nickname for his new team.[4]

Logos and Uniforms

Houston Texans uniform combination

Along with the team name, McNair also unveiled the team logo, an abstract depiction of a bull's head, split in such a way to resemble the flag of Texas, including a lone star to stand for the eye, the five points of which representing pride, courage, strength, tradition and independence. McNair described the colors as "Deep Steel Blue", "Battle Red" and "Liberty White".[9] A year later the Texans unveiled their uniforms during another downtown rally.

The Texans' helmet is dark blue with the Texans bull logo. The helmet was initially white when the team name and logo were unveiled, but was later changed to dark blue. The uniform design consists of red trim and either dark blue or white jerseys. The team typically wears white pants with its blue jerseys and blue pants with its white jerseys. Starting with the 2006 season, the Texans wear all-white for their home opener, and the team began to wear an all-blue combination for home games vs. the Indianapolis Colts. In 2003, the Texans introduced an alternative red jersey with blue trim; they wear this jersey at one home game each year, usually against a division rival. In 2007 the Texans introduced red pants for the first time, pairing them with the red jerseys for an all-red look (this uniform combination was not well-received and has since been retired). In October 2008 the Texans paired blue socks (instead of the traditional red) with their blue pants and white jerseys.

In 2002 the team wore a patch commemorating their inaugural season.

Mascots and cheerleaders

The team's official mascot is Toro.[10] The team also has a cheerleading squad simply named the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.[11]


The Texans are the youngest franchise in the NFL, having only been competing in the League since 2002. For most of that time, they were considered perennial bottom-dwellers in the AFC South. For that reason, they have not had the history or the reputation on which to build classic rivalries like the ones that often exist between older franchises.

However, there are a few franchises for whom Texans fans hold special animosity. The Tennessee Titans, formerly the Houston Oilers before their relocation in the 1990s, are viewed by many Houston fans as the Texans' chief rival. The Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Indianapolis Colts, whom the Texans have never defeated in Indianapolis (compiling an all-time record of 0–12 there), are also rivals to the Texans.

More recently, Houston has defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild-Card Round of the playoffs in two consecutive seasons, forming a potential future rivalry with that franchise, one with similarities to the former AFC Central rivalry between the Bengals and Oilers.


Win-loss record

As of the end of the 2013 season, the Texans' overall regular season win-loss record is 79–113 (.411). They are 2–2 (.500) all-time in playoff games. The Texans posted their best-ever season record in 2012 finishing at 12–4. The team's worst-ever seasons on record are 2–14 in both 2005 and 2013.

The Texans participated in the playoffs for the first time at the end of the 2011 season, after having clinched the South Division title and qualifying as the AFC's third seed. In the Wildcard Round they hosted a playoff game for the first time, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 31–10. The following weekend they were defeated 20–13 by the Baltimore Ravens on the road in the Divisional Round.

In 2012, the Texans won the AFC South Division and were seeded third once again. They again beat the Cincinnati Bengals at home in the Wildcard Round, this time by a score of 19–13. On the road in the Divisional Round against the New England Patriots the Texans were defeated 41–28.

Notable records vs opponents

As members of the AFC South, the Texans play six of their sixteen games each season against other AFC South teams. The Texans have a cumulative record of 26–46 (.361) against their three divisional rivals. This includes lifetime records of 13–11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, 9–15 against the Tennessee Titans, and 4–20 against the Indianapolis Colts (including an 0-12 mark at Indianapolis). The Texans have fared better against the rest of their conference, posting a record of 33–39 (.458) against AFC teams from divisions other than the South. The Texans are 20–28 (.417) against NFC teams.

As of the end of 2013, there are two teams against which the Texans have never lost: the Chicago Bears (3–0) and Miami Dolphins (7–0). There are also two teams which the Texans have never beaten: the Minnesota Vikings (0–3) and Philadelphia Eagles (0–3). The Texans played the Eagles in 2014, but lost 21–31. The Texans will play against the Dolphins in 2015, and against the Bears and the Vikings, both NFC North teams, in 2016. Since the Dolphins are the only one of these four mentioned teams in the same conference as the Texans (AFC), they will be able to play each other far more often (Click here for more information on the NFL's scheduling formula).

NFL playoffs record

Players of note

Current roster

NFL Draft history

First-round draft picks by year

= Pro Bowler

* Asterisk indicates a player who was selected to the Pro Bowl only as a member of another team.

Year Pick Player Position College
2002 1st overall David Carr Quarterback Fresno State
2003 3rd overall Andre Johnson Wide receiver Miami (FL)
2004 10th overall Dunta Robinson Cornerback South Carolina
2004 27th overall (from Tennessee) Jason Babin* Defensive end Western Michigan
2005 16th overall (from New Orleans) Travis Johnson Defensive tackle Florida State
2006 1st overall Mario Williams Defensive end North Carolina State
2007 10th overall (from Atlanta) Amobi Okoye Defensive tackle Louisville
2008 26th overall (from Baltimore) Duane Brown Offensive tackle Virginia Tech
2009 15th overall Brian Cushing Linebacker Southern California
2010 20th overall Kareem Jackson Cornerback Alabama
2011 11th overall J.J. Watt Defensive end Wisconsin
2012 26th overall Whitney Mercilus Defensive end Illinois
2013 27th overall DeAndre Hopkins Wide receiver Clemson
2014 1st overall Jadeveon Clowney Defensive end South Carolina

Awards and honors

Coaches of note

Head coaches

Name From To Seasons Record Division Titles
Dom Capers January 21, 2001 January 2, 2006 4 18 46 0 0
Gary Kubiak January 26, 2006 December 6, 2013 8 61 64 0 2
Wade Phillips December 6, 2013 January 1, 2014 Interim 0 4 0 0
Bill O'Brien January 2, 2014 Present 1 5 5 0 0

Offensive coordinators

Defensive coordinators

Current staff


  • Battle Red Day – On Battle Red Day the team wears the red alternate jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear red to the game. Starting in 2007 and including 2008, this included the Texans wearing red pants along with the red jerseys.
  • Bull Pen – The sections behind the north end zone of NRG/Reliant Stadium are known as the Bull Pen. Some of the most avid Texans fans attend games in the Bull Pen and regular members have helped create and implement fan traditions, songs and chants, such as:
  • -Holding up giant Texans jerseys while the visiting team’s players are announced
  • -Turning their backs on the opposing team after they score
  • -Gathering as a group for tailgating in the NW corner of the Platinum Lot of Reliant Stadium at the “Blue Crew” tailgate and conducting the Bull Pen Toast every game approximately an hour and a half prior to kickoff
  • -Walking in the HEB Holiday Parade on Thanksgiving Day
  • -Visiting the Bull Pen Pub for TORO Wraps, cheerleader autographs and to listen and dance with the Bull Pen Pep Band
  • Bull Pen Pep Band – 45-member musical group that performs at all Houston Texans home games.
  • Pre-Kickoff Tradition – Before each kickoff at a home game, the Texans will run a short clip of a raging bull thrashing the opponent of the week. The video is paired with the AC/DC song "Thunderstruck".
  • Player Introduction – When the players are introduced before the game, the announcer says the player's first name and the crowd yells out the last name (e.g. The announcer will say "Linebacker Brian..." and the crowd will yell out "CUSHING!!!").

Radio and television

As of 2007, the Texans' flagship radio stations were KILT SportsRadio 610AM and KILT 100.3FM. The AM station has an all-sports format, while the FM station plays contemporary country music. Both are owned by CBS Radio. Marc Vandermeer is the play-by-play announcer. Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware provides color commentary, and SportsRadio 610 host Rich Lord serves as the sideline reporter. Preseason games are telecast by KTRK, an ABC owned and operated station. Joel Meyers calls the preseason games on TV, with former Oilers running back Spencer Tillman providing color commentary. Regular season games are aired over KHOU, KRIV if an NFC team hosts a game, and KPRC for Sunday night games.

Spanish-language radio broadcasts of the team's games are aired on KLAT Univisión América 1010AM. Enrique Vásquez is the play-by-play announcer. José Jojo Padrón provides color commentary, and Fernando Hernández serves as sideline reporter.

Radio affiliates

Texans Radio Affiliates
City Call Sign Frenquency
Alpine, Texas KVLF-AM 1240 AM
Athens, Texas KLVQ-AM 1410 AM
Austin, Texas KVET-AM 1300 AM
Big Spring, Texas KBYG-AM 1400 AM
Brenham, Texas KWHI-AM 1280 AM
Carthage, Texas KGAS-AM 1590 AM
Carthage, Texas KGAS-FM 104.3 FM
College Station, Texas KZNE-AM 1150 AM
Corpus Christi, Texas KSIX-AM 1230 AM
Henderson, Texas KWRD-AM 1470 AM
Houston, Texas SportsTalk-AM 790 AM
Houston, Texas KILT-FM 100.3 FM
Liberty, Texas KSHN-FM 99.9 FM
Livingston, Texas KETX-FM 92.3 FM
Lufkin, Texas KSML-AM 1260 AM
Marshall, Texas KMHT-AM 1450 AM
Marshall, Texas KMHT-FM 103.9 FM
New Braunfels, Texas KGNB-AM 1420 AM
Orange, Texas KOGT-AM 1600 AM
San Angelo, Texas KKSA-AM 1260 AM
San Antonio, Texas KZDC-AM 1250 AM
Texarkana, Texas KCMC 940 AM
Temple, Texas KTEM-AM 1400 AM
Wichita Falls, Texas KSEY-AM 1230 AM

Theme music

The theme song of the Texans is "It's Football Time In Houston" by Clay Walker.[12] The Texans tried to introduce a new fight song in 2003 written by Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, but quickly returned to the original after a negative reception by fans. The song was donated by Walker to the City of Houston.[13]

The Texans' defensive squad takes the field to the sound of "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine.[14] The Texans started using the song after OLB Connor Barwin coined the nickname in a Tweet in 2011.[15]

On January 5, 2012, local Houston rap artists Slim Thug, Paul Wall and ZRo released a song titled "HOUSTON" supporting the Houston Texans. The YouTube video has amassed over a million views becoming unofficially the Texans' most popular theme song.

"Hats Off To The Bull" by the hard rock band Chevelle has become another popular theme song of the entire team. It is frequently played at home games.

Work in the community

The Houston Texans organization is a supporter of the character education program, Heart of a Champion.[16]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Houston Texans History
  2. ^ Ultimate Texans » AFC South champion Texans reach playoffs for first time in dramatic fashion
  3. ^ "Texans Team History". Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Texans have climbed to the top of NFL, The Boston Globe
  5. ^ "Foster powers Texans to win over Bengals".  
  6. ^ Kolko, Dan (January 15, 2012). "Ravens slip past Texans 20–13, advance to AFC Championship". MASN Sports ( 
  7. ^ "NFL Gamebook: HOU @ NE". NFL. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b McClain, John (September 7, 2000). "It's official: Houston Texans". The Houston Chronicle. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Texans Cheerleaders". Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  12. ^ "Texans May Go Back to Clay Walker Song". Associated Press. 14 August 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "20 Questions with Clay Walker (Part 2)". CMT. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  14. ^ Balke, Jeff. "Bulls on Parade: Ten Songs for Ten Texans Players and One for the Team". 
  15. ^ Scurfield, Nick. "Bulls on Parade: A nickname is born". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Our Partners". Heart of a Champion. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
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