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  • Thu., Apr. 30, 2015 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party pres. by Coors Light

    The 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light isThursday, April 30 at NRG Stadium.  The Draft Party begins at 5 p.m. CDT and the 2015 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. CDT.

    NFL Network’s draft coverage will be shown on the HD televisions throughout the 100 Level Concourse and Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 will broadcast live, with commentary and analysis from “The Voice of the Texans,” Marc Vandermeer, and a number of special guests. When the Texans make their first-round pick, fans at the Draft Party will hear from the player first as part of Texans Radio’s live broadcast.

    Texans Ambassadors will be on hand to sign autographs throughout the evening. Texans fans can also get their first glimpse of the 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleaders when the squad makes its debut performance at the event. 

    Young fans can play in the TORO’s Kids Club Zone presented by Kroger, which will feature interactive games, a balloon artist and appearances by TORO and Deep Steel Thunder. Fans can also take photos in Memory Alley located on the concourse. 

    Get more information on the event here.

     

     

  • Fri., May. 01, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant is a city-wide volunteer day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8AM - noon where Texans players, Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO and staff will volunteer alongside Texans fans!

    As an organization, the Texans make it a priority to give back to the Houston community. This day provides an opportunity to invite Texans fans to volunteer with the team to make a positive change. These organizations work to improve the standard of living for the young people of Houston, which aligns with the Texans mission to be Champions for Youth.

    There are plenty of locations across Houston, so sign up today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/volunteer-day.html!
  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM CDT NFL Draft Day 3 from Houston Texans Grille

    Stop by the Houston Texans Grille (I-10 & Beltway 8) on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, Saturday, May 2 from 10:30am – 6:30pm for a chance to announce a Texans Draft Pick live on TV or chance to win tons of other prizes!

    All of the Texans draft picks that day will be made by Texans fans live from the Grille, with at least one on NFL Network and the rest on NFL.com. See rules - http://bit.ly/1Eid0WN

    Texans Radio with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer and special guests, will be broadcasting LIVE the entire time. Plus, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and Ambassadors will be there for autographs and pictures!

  • Sun., May. 03, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans All Access: 2015 Draft on KTRK ABC 13

    Tune in to KTRK ABC 13 in Houston on Sunday, May 3 at 11pm to catch the Texans TV special, Texans All Access: 2015 Draft.  This will be an exclusive look into the day of the Texans first round draft pick, as well as an analysis of all the 2015 Texans draft picks from Texans TV Insiders.

    Fans throughout Texas, be sure to check your local TV listings for air dates and times in your area.

  • Tue., May. 05, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre, 12848 Queensbury Ln. Ste 208, Houston, TX 77024 (I-10 & Beltway 8), as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Wed., May. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Moms Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE

    The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Moms Clinic just for football moms on May 13th!

    This free clinic will provide moms with the latest safety information in concussion awareness, proper hydration and nutrition to prepare them for the upcoming football season.  These classroom-style instructions and interactive football drills will take place in the Houston Methodist Training Center.

    Space is limited, so register today at http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/momclinic.html!

  • Sun., May. 17, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Gridiron Gang Auditions

    Are you motivated, outgoing and passionate? Well then, we're looking for you to audition for the Houston Texans Gridiron Gang gameday entertainment team on Sunday, May 17 from 1-3pm at the Hosuton Methodist Training Center.

    For more info and to regsiter, click this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/gridiron2.html

  • Thu., May. 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre (I-10 & Beltway 8) as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE from 6pm - 7pm with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Fri., Jun. 05, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

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Brian Cushing “helpless” watching from sideline

Posted Jan 14, 2013

Texans ILB Brian Cushing, the team's 2011 MVP and a defensive captain, said he felt "helpless" watching the season end from the sideline on Sunday.


This wasn’t the way Brian Cushing envisioned it.

The Texans’ defensive captain and team MVP in 2011, Cushing entered the 2012 season as the leader of a defense that ranked second in the NFL last season. He finished it watching the final 11 regular-season games and both playoff games, including Sunday’s season-ending loss at New England, from the sideline thanks to a torn ACL in his left knee.

“It’s a helpless feeling not being able to help or contribute,” Cushing said after the game, having finished changing from the Texans hoodie and sweatpants he wore during the game into a suit and tie. “It’s a feeling I’ve never felt before. I’ve never missed a season, and I’ve never missed more than a game. Having to sit out a whole year and knowing Week 5 my season was done, it was a very different feeling.”

The Texans’ defense had a very different feeling without Cushing in the lineup. They finished the year ranked seventh in the NFL in yards allowed and tied for ninth in points. They got solid play from veteran inside linebackers Bradie James, who started 15 games this season and led the team with 11 tackles on Sunday, and Barrett Ruud, who had five tackles Sunday while starting next to James. Tim Dobbins and Darryl Sharpton both excelled before joining Cushing on injured reserve just before the start of the playoffs.

But there’s no doubt the Texans missed Cushing, the fiery leader of their defense, a sideline-to-sideline playmaker who led the team in tackles in two of his first three seasons and who defensive coordinator Wade Phillips described as a “holy terror” on multiple occasions in 2011.

“I just tried to be as active as I can and tried to interact and tried to help,” Cushing said of the role he was relegated to on Sunday. “If I could’ve been out there, I felt l could’ve helped a lot.

“I knew last year I gave everything I had. I knew I performed, I played hard. This year, there’s gonna be a lot of wonder in the offseason as to what could have happened if I did play.”

A low block from New York Jets guard Matt Slauson ended Cushing’s season in Week 5. At the time of his injury, he led the NFL’s third-ranked defense with 29 tackles. He had surgery a few weeks later with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., and has been rehabbing at Reliant Stadium ever since.

Cushing, who’ll be 26 next season, went to just about every game and practice after his injury. He said Sunday that he was proud of his teammates for what they accomplished this season, and he doesn’t think anyone in the Texans’ locker room was happy with getting to the playoffs.

“I think this team is hungry, and obviously we want more,” Cushing said. “So that’ll be our goal for next year.

“It’s tough coming up here and losing against this team. Obviously, we would’ve liked things to be a little different, but they weren’t. I think what kind of team we are will be determined in how we respond to this.

“I’m excited for what our opportunities are. This team, back-to-back years has lost in the second round of the playoffs. Obviously, next year, we’re going to want to go further. We’re going to want to go to the Super Bowl. Who knows what happens in the offseason with contracts and whatnot, and every team is different. But we’re excited. I know I’m definitely excited just to get back.”

He’ll be back in 2013.

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