Houston Texans

In 2002, the Houston Texans joined the National Football League as an expansion team. They were only the second team in the league to win their first game, shocking and amazing fans when they beat the Dallas Cowboys.

The city of Houston was granted an expansion team only a couple of years after their previous team left the state to become the Tennessee Titans, although the new team did not begin play until 2002 as a stadium had to be built, legal matters taken care of, and a team put together. Originally, the league was looking toward Los Angeles to host the 32nd team in the NFL, but slow progress and a standoff between several groups for ownership of the team left the league disenchanted enough to turn to Houston, which had a higher offer placed.

The home of the Houston Texans is the state of the art Reliant Stadium, which also serves as the team’s headquarters. The venue cost a total of 352 million dollars to build and is owned by Harris County. With seating for 71,500 fans, it was the first stadium in the league to feature a retractable roof. In September of 2008, the stadium was damaged in Hurricane Ike, causing the team to be unable to play games there until it was reopened in October.

Cheering on the newest team in the league are the Houston Texans Cheerleaders. This team has fast risen to become a favorite among football fans, performing at home games, occasionally on the road, and throughout the community. They can also be found performing before games, in order to ramp up the crowd and get them excited to root on their favorite team.

Off the field, the Texans are active in helping those less fortunate. They promote active lifestyles for children through the Play 60 program promoted by the NFL, which encourages children to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. They have also formed a partnership with the local YMCA, to facilitate the opening of a new YMCA facility. Aside from their work with children and their families, the Houston Texans are also very concerned about the environment, hosting and promoting green initiatives and education.

Few teams with such a short history can boast of the success that the Houston Texans have. Area residents are grateful to have a team again, supporting and encouraging the team that was so hard to win. The newest team in the NFL is definitely showing promise of great things to come.

Texans team with Reliant for annual Day of Caring

 

HOUSTON – Staff members from the Houston Texans staff and Reliant Energy teamed up to help refurbish the home of an elderly Houston resident in the Sunnyside neighborhood as part of the annual Day of Caring event. 

 

Texans and Reliant staff will began work at 8:00 a.m. and the staff of Rebuilding Together – Houston (RT – H) coordinated the construction effort. In all, the home was stripped and re-painted, new screens were put on the doors and windows, heavy trash was hauled from the backyard, and other refurbishments were performed.

 

Since 2002, Reliant Energy through its partnership with RT – H has helped refurbish 55 homes of low-income Houston seniors, with the Houston Texans joining in repairs of four of those homes during annual workdays since 2006.

 

Texans Ambassador J.J. Moses, along with Nicole, Karen, Loren and Tabbetha of the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, helped out Texans employees from across the organization on Friday.

 

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Texans tee it up for charity at annual Golf Classic

The Texans raised more than $355,000 for charity on Monday at the ninth-annual Houston Texans Charity Golf Classic.

The record-setting proceeds from the event will go to the Houston Texans Foundation, which supports the Houston Texans YMCA, Boys Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the Houston Food Bank.

“We’re out here on this beautiful, sunny day and we’re raising a ton of money for some good charities – the three things that we really earmark as an organization,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said. “That’s what today’s all about.”

Smith played in the Golf Classic along with Texans president Jamey Rootes, head coach Gary Kubiak and most of the Texans’ coaching staff.

“It’s great to be out for the tournament, raising money for the Houston Texans Foundation,” offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “Beautiful day – a little breezy keeping it cool for us – and we’re looking forward to being out of the office and doing something good.”

Also participating were several Texans Ambassadors, including NFL Hall of Famers Jacob Green (Seahawks) and Kenny Houston (Oilers/Redskins); former Texans players Marcus Coleman, Aaron Glenn, N.D Kalu, and J.J. Moses; and former NFL players Dante Hall (Chiefs) and Bubba McDowell (Oilers).

Former Texas AM coach R.C. Slocum and NFL alumni Dan Pastorini (Oilers), LaMont Warren (Colts/Lions) and Gerald McNeil (Browns/Oilers) also played in the event, which featured appearances from Texans mascot TORO and the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.

The Houston Texans Foundation has now raised more than $4.5 million for youth and families in the Greater Houston area since its inception in 2002.

“The Texans’ charities have done a great job,” Kubiak said. “It’s just wonderful. We’ve got great support. We’ve got a great day to come out here and have some fun.”