Play in and headquartered in Reliant Stadium
Deep Steel Blue, Battle Red, Liberty White
|Owner(s)||Bob McNair (95%)|
|General manager||Rick Smith|
|Head coach||Wade Phillips (interim)|
|League championships (0)
|Conference championships (0)|
Division championships (2)
|Playoff appearances (2)|
|Reliant Stadium (2002–Present)|
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. The team majority owner is Bob McNair. The team clinched its first playoff berth during the 2011 season as champions of the AFC South. The Texans repeated as AFC South champions in 2012.
- 1 Franchise history
- 2 Team identity
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Statistics
- 5 NFL playoffs record
- 6 Players of note
- 7 Coaches of note
- 8 Traditions
- 9 Radio and television
- 10 Theme music
- 11 Work in the community
- 12 See also
- 13 Notes and references
- 14 External links
In 1997, Houston entrepreneur Bob McNair had a failed bid to bring a National Hockey League expansion team to the city, and Bud Adams relocated the city's NFL team, the Houston Oilers, to Nashville where they were renamed Tennessee Titans. Given the Cleveland Browns had just suffered a controversial relocation to become the Baltimore Ravens, the league promised to return football to Cleveland within the following three years, and probably add another expansion team to even out the franchises at 32. 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. The expansion team was originally awarded to Los Angeles on March 16, 1999, but given the city had problems in providing an acceptable ownership team and stadium deal, both of whom had been promised in Houston for two years, in October the NFL instead awarded the 32nd team to Houston, at the cost of $700 million.
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 AFC South title. The Texans then beat wild card Cincinnati Bengals 31–10 in the first round of the 2011-12 NFL playoffs, before a 20–13 defeat to the Ravens in the semifinals. The division title repeated in the 2012 NFL season, and again the Texans fell in the second round after defeating the Bengals, this time with a loss to the New England Patriots.
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". 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.
Logos and Uniforms
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". 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 Navy blue or white jerseys. The team wears white pants with its blue jerseys, 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 (most of the time worn in divisional games against the Jacksonville Jaguars) with gold trim. In 2007 the Texans introduced red pants for the first time, pairing them with the red jerseys for an all-red look. 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 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 exist between older and more successful franchises such as the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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, whom the Texans lost for the first time to in 2013, and the Indianapolis Colts, whom the Texans have never defeated in Indianapolis (compiling an all-time record of 0–11 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. The Texans' back-to-back playoff appearances, and their growing reputation as one of the AFC's premier franchises, puts them into direct competition with the Ravens, New England Patriots, Steelers, and Denver Broncos, which are generally considered the top-flight teams in the conference.
Since 2008, the Texans have played against the New Orleans Saints every time in the preseason.
As of the end of the 2012 season, the Texans' overall regular season win-loss record is 79–108 (.422). They are 2–2 (.500) all-time in playoff games. Winning both postseason victories over the Cincinnati Bengals 31–10 in 2011 and 19–13 win in 2012. The Texans posted their best-ever season record in 2012 finishing at 12–4. The team's worst-ever season record was 2–14 in 2005. Unfortunately for the Texans, currently faring a 2–11 record, after losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 in week 13. The Texans next opponent are the Indianapolis Colts who hold a 8-4 record.
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. The Ravens would then go on to lose to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.
In 2012, the Texans won the AFC South Division and were seeded third once again. They 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. The Patriots would later lose, ironically, to the Ravens in the AFC Championship that year.
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 26–43 (.376) against their three divisional rivals. This includes lifetime records of 4–19 against the Indianapolis Colts, 13–10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and 9–14 against the Tennessee Titans. The Texans have never won a game in Indianapolis (0–11), even in the 2011 season, in which the Colts had only 2 wins (the other win was against the Titans, who are also winless at Lucas Oil Stadium). The Texans have fared better against the rest of their conference, posting a record of 33–34 against AFC teams from divisions other than the South. The Texans are 20–24 (.455) against the NFC.
As of the end of the 2013 regular season, 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).
In 2013, the only team the Texans were scheduled to play against which they previously were unbeaten or winless were the San Diego Chargers (0–4). The Texans would pick up their first franchise victory over the Chargers during Week 1, securing a 31–28 victory with a 31 yard Randy Bullock field goal in the final five seconds as they moved up 1–0. In the next week, the Texans would go up against the Tennessee Titans. This would be a hot one as the Texans went into overtime with a score of 24–24. Former Clemson Wideout DeAndre Hopkins secured a 3-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub. The Texans walk out with a 30–24 overtime victory.  Those two wins were the only wins as of Week 14 as the Texans have lost a franchise worst 11 consecutive games.
NFL playoffs record
Players of note
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.
|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|
Awards and honors
Coaches of note
|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|
- Chris Palmer (2002–2005)
- Troy Calhoun (2006)
- Mike Sherman (2007)
- Kyle Shanahan (2008–2009)
- Rick Dennison (2010–present)
- Vic Fangio (2002–2005)
- Richard Smith (2006–2008)
- Frank Bush (2009–2010)
- Wade Phillips (2011–present)
Houston Texans staff
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
- 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 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[update], 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.
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.
|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||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||KTFS||940 AM|
|Temple, Texas||KTEM-AM||1400 AM|
|Wichita Falls, Texas||KSEY-AM||1230 AM|
The theme song of the Texans is "It's Football Time In Houston" by Clay Walker. 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.
The Texans' defensive squad takes the field to the sound of "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine. The Texans started using the song after OLB Connor Barwin coined the nickname in a Tweet in 2011.
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.
Work in the community
Notes and references
- Houston Texans History
- Ultimate Texans » AFC South champion Texans reach playoffs for first time in dramatic fashion
- "Texans Team History". HoustonTexans.com. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
- Texans have climbed to the top of NFL, The Boston Globe
- "Foster powers Texans to win over Bengals". Reuters Canada (Thomson Reuters). January 7, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- Kolko, Dan (January 15, 2012). "Ravens slip past Texans 20–13, advance to AFC Championship". MASN Sports (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network). Retrieved January 15, 2012.
- "NFL Gamebook: HOU @ NE". NFL. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- McClain, John (September 7, 2000). "It's official: Houston Texans". The Houston Chronicle.
- "Texans Cheerleaders". HoustonTexans.com. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
- Watch Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans [09/15/2013] - NFL.com
- "Texans May Go Back to Clay Walker Song". Associated Press. 14 August 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "20 Questions with Clay Walker (Part 2)". CMT. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
- Balke, Jeff. "Bulls on Parade: Ten Songs for Ten Texans Players and One for the Team".
- Scurfield, Nick. "Bulls on Parade: A nickname is born". HoustonTexans.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Our Partners". Heart of a Champion. Retrieved 8 January 2012.