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Andre Johnson and The Fire Within

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Andre Johnson Houston Texans Receiver

Houston Texans legend Andre Johnson was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. During his induction speech, he shared a memory from his first Pro Bowl. An overheard comment lit a fire in Johnson that motivated him to excel throughout his fabulous career with the Houston Texans.

“In 2003, when I was drafted by the Houston Texans, I really didn’t know what to expect,” Johnson said at the 2019 Texas Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. “I grew up in Miami and I went to college in Miami. It was my first time being away from home. You know, I was coming to a new franchise and I knew it will be some tough times.”

Andre Johnson First Pro Bowl

“My second year I made my first Pro Bowl. They called the teams up in alphabetical order and they said the Houston Texans were up next. I don’t know who the guy was, but I saw a guy mumble to one of the guys who worked in NFL and was like, ‘Who the hell is here from the Houston Texans?’

Johnson added that the comment motivated him and made him proud to be a member of the Houston Texans. “That was something that always stuck with me. It was always something inside of me, it was a fire that burned. I wanted to put the Houston Texans on the map. You know, that was my biggest thing. It was something I wanted to do. And when you thought of the Houston Texans, you thought of Andre Johnson.”

Making Houston Texans History

Andre Johnson is indeed synonymous with the Houston Texans in the minds of millions of NFL fans. Johnson led the NFL in receiving yardage for two straight seasons and led the NFL in receptions twice during his tremendous 14-year career. Andre Johnson made the Pro Bowl 7 times and twice made All-Pro. He indeed helped but the Houston Texans on the NFL map, playing a key role in the team winning back-to-back AFC South championships.

You can hear more of his stories the stories of other 2019 inductees such as Jason Witten, kicker Tony Franklin, and Arkansas All-American Loyd Phillips on the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Podcast episode commemorating the 2019 Texas Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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Andre Johnson is the all-time leading receiver in Houston Texans franchise history.

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