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  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Sonic Drive-In

    Friday, September 5
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 8504 Main St., Houston, TX 77025

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE All-American Hot Dog (1/person) for this hour at this location
    Enter for possibility to win a pair of tickets and parking pass to Texans vs. Redskins game on Sept. 7

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Go Texan Store

    Friday, September 5
    6pm-7pm – Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium

    Stop by for a 20% discount on white gear for this hour in preparation for Liberty White Out on Sept. 7

    Enter for possibility to win a pair of tickets and parking pass to Texans vs. Redskins game on Sept. 7

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT “Player Inspired: Kareem Jackson Fly Guy” Apparel Line Launch Party

    Visit the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium on Tuesday, September 9 from 6 to 7 PM for cornerback Kareem Jackson's new Player Inspired Fly Guy apparel line launch party. Stop by to meet Kareem, get light refreshments and to pick up some of his new apparel.

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Pappadeaux

    Friday, September 12

    Noon-1pm – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 13080 NW Freeway, Houston, TX 77040

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE cup of Shrimp Gumbo (1/person) for this hour at this location, dine-in only

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM CDT Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk presented by H-E-B Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B is Sunday, September 14 at NRG Park.  The 5K run/walk and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Aramark will both finish on the floor of NRG Stadium, where the post-race party is with the return of pizza and beer! Also, there is a new course for 2014. Secure your spot before Sept. 8 at 5 PM at HoustonTexans.com.
  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 16610 US Hwy 59, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
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    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 2715 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77056

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    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

  • Tue., Sep. 23, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways

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BWTB: The Johnny Factor

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Breakfast with the Bulls reflects on the mayhem that local quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel have created in NFL history.



In speaking with Bill O’Brien about local media, I gave my unsolicited opinion on what was about to go down with Johnny Manziel being available for the number one pick. It’s the same comparison I used eight years ago when Vince Young was draft eligible. And I knew that being a New Englander, O’Brien would easily understand the regional mayhem surrounding Manziel with the mention of just one name: Doug Flutie.

Flutie to New Englanders was what Johnny Football is and what Vince Young was to many Houstonians; a profoundly effective, legendary college player who ignites wildly varying opinions on how he will turn out as a pro.

Now, before you go saying to yourself that Manziel is better than Flutie or VY, that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re simply addressing the fever that a ‘local’ legend can stir.

Not that Flutie was any slouch. He won a Heisman too and left college as the NCAA’s all time leading passer (Now he’s 59th on the list. How times have changed). He bolted for the USFL but the debate raged in Boston as to how good he could be. And by the time he showed up in Foxboro in 1987, he was a walking quarterback controversy. Seemingly unable to lose in his home stadium, Coach Raymond Berry was reluctant to play him.

Vince Young left college with the 3rd highest QB rating in the country in his final year. His National Championship performance was one of the great games played by a quarterback in the history of the sport. You thought so too but you might not remember. But there were plenty of doubters to go along with the passionate VY believers as the fans ‘helped’ the Texans ponder their decision.

Johnny Football has as many plusses and minuses as Flutie and VY did going into the draft. He might be an all time great and he might not pan out as hoped. But he’s causing major commotion and sometimes heated radio and water cooler talk in Houston.  The plot will continue to thicken as we get closer to the draft.

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