The 2015 Pro bowler is approaching the postseason with a businesslike approach despite, making his first playoff appearance on Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It is my job, so I am not going to sit here and say it is special because it is my job," Hopkins said Monday. "I can’t look at it as overwhelmed or excited about something that is my job."
“It means my teammates helped me get here, not just me,” Hopkins said. “The organization trusts me to come in and be in this position that we are in.”
“She wasn’t emotional. My mom doesn’t get too excited about things like that.”
She did tell her son that Saturday’s game was the “real deal” and he had nothing to lose. Other than that, she also was very businesslike.
“She just looks at it like another game,” Hopkins said. “It was kind of funny.”
Including Hopkins, the Texans have 30 players who could potentially make their postseason debut on Saturday.
The 2015 AFC South Champion Houston Texans (9-7) will host the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at NRG Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 9. Kickoff for the AFC Wild Card Game is set for 3:35 p.m. CT on ESPN/ABC.