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  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Touchdown Tour

    The Touchdown Tour is the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s traveling celebration of
    football. It will travel all over Houston throughout the fall, raising awareness and excitement in
    the community for Super Bowl LI, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017.
    The Touchdown Tour will have a wide variety of games, many exhibits, appearances, food and fun for
    people of all ages. The Tour will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at every stop on its tour around the
    city. Every stop on the Touchdown Tour is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to
    celebrate the city, football and Super Bowl LI with the Host Committee.

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be in attendance at each tour from 11am - 1pm, and TORO will be on occasion as well.

    Touchdown Tour Schedule Dates
    All events will be scheduled from 10A – 2P

    Date                            Location                                Address
    Oct. 8                          Mason Park                            75th and Tipps Houston, TX 77023
    Oct. 15                        Sylvester Turner Park             2800 West Little York Houston, TX 77091
    Oct. 22                        MacGregor Park                      5225 Calhoun, Houston, TX 77021
    Oct. 29                        Sunnyside Park                      3502 Bellfort, Houston, TX 77051
    Nov. 5                         Agnes Moffitt Park                  10645 Hammerly Houston, TX 77043
    Nov. 12                       Finnigan Park                         4900 Providence, Houston, TX 77020
    Nov. 19                       Kingwood High School             2701 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
    Dec. 3                         Moody Park                            3725 Fulton, Houston, TX 77009

    Dec. 10                      Blueridge Park                         5600 Court Road Houston, TX 77053
    Jan. 7                        Burnett Bayland Park                6000 Chimney Rock Houston, TX 77081
    Jan. 14                      Alief Community Park               11903 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77072

  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CST Texans Buzz

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday during the regular season at 11 PM for this  show that goes 1-on-1 with Texans players to get to know them on a personal basis and is hosted by Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer and Texans Insider Deepi Sidhu.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 10:35 PM - 11:05 PM CST Houston Texans Inside the Game Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Sunday at 10:35 PM for this in-season show that recaps each Houston Texans game in-depth with coverage and analysis from Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman.
  • Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM CST Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Touchdown Tour

    The Touchdown Tour is the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s traveling celebration of
    football. It will travel all over Houston throughout the fall, raising awareness and excitement in
    the community for Super Bowl LI, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017.
    The Touchdown Tour will have a wide variety of games, many exhibits, appearances, food and fun for
    people of all ages. The Tour will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at this stop on its tour around the
    city. Every stop on the Touchdown Tour is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to
    celebrate the city, football and Super Bowl LI with the Host Committee.

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be in attendance at this tour from 12pm - 1pm, as well as the Go Texan Express merchandise truck.  Stop by for Texans games and a chance to win great Texans prizes!

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    Houston, TX 77002

     

     
  • Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Players Show Live from Fuddruckers

    Join Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus from 6 PM – 7 PM at Fuddruckers (11445 Fountain Lake Dr, Stafford, TX 77477) for a live Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 broadcast with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer, and special guests!

    Plus, all Houston area Fuddruckers will be feature a Buy One Texans Burger, Get One Free and $15 beer buckets every Tuesday during the season for fans showing up in their Texans gear, whether the Texans win or lose their previous game, so don't miss out!

    Then stay for Texans Live from 7-8 PM.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

  • Fri., Dec. 16, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, December 16
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 8767 South Main, Houston, TX

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE Jumbo Jack for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CST Texans Buzz

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday during the regular season at 11 PM for this  show that goes 1-on-1 with Texans players to get to know them on a personal basis and is hosted by Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer and Texans Insider Deepi Sidhu.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sun., Dec. 18, 2016 10:35 PM - 11:05 PM CST Houston Texans Inside the Game Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Sunday at 10:35 PM for this in-season show that recaps each Houston Texans game in-depth with coverage and analysis from Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman.

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QB Watch: A.J. McCarron

Posted Feb 25, 2014

QB Watch is a series that examines early and mid-round quarterbacks that could be drafted by the Texans.

Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Blake Bortles have all been discussed as possible first-round quarterback prospects.

But what if the Texans go another route? What if they don’t select a quarterback at No. 1? What if Houston trades down for more picks later in the draft? This is the first part in a series looking at early and mid-round quarterbacks that could be a possible fit for the Texans.

Could A.J. McCarron be the Texans future quarterback?

A.J. McCarron could fit what Bill O’Brien is looking for a in a quarterback. The two-time Alabama national champion played under head coach Nick Saban who, like O’Brien, coached under Bill Belichick. With Saban as his head coach at Alabama, McCarron faced the one of the most talented, NFL-like defenses in college football every week in practice and lost just four times in his college career.

“Saban is the closest you can get to facing an NFL defense (in college).” McCarron said at the Combine on Friday. “Especially blitz-wise, he makes up NFL blitzes. I feel like I’ve seen every type of defense you could possibly see. I’m the most experienced guy when it comes to that. It’s almost like New England is the Alabama of pro football.”

O’Brien knows what he wants in a quarterback. As quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at New England, his work with Tom Brady leads many to believe O’Brien will find a quarterback with similar attributes. When McCarron was asked which NFL quarterback he patterned his game after, his answer was simple. McCarron referred to the Patriots All-Pro as “one of the best to ever play the game.”

“Everybody’s different, but when it comes to similarities, from body-build to how we were talked about coming out of college, I think Tom Brady,” McCarron said. “I think we play the game the same way. He still moves in the pocket pretty well to get away from blitzes. Everybody doubted his arm strength coming out. He’s turned out pretty good so far, I would say.”

McCarron’s arm strength has also been doubted but he disagrees with his critics.

“All the experts try to knock me on my deep ball,” McCarron said. “(They) try to say my arm’s not strong. My arm’s strong enough. I mean I can throw the ball 65 yards.”

The Crimson Tide quarterback has a big chip on his shoulder like Brady, who was drafted in the sixth-round. McCarron, with a 36-4 career record, dislikes the term “game manager,” used by those he felt he was helped by all the future NFL talent surrounding him. Even at this year’s Combine, Alabama boasted the highest number of invitees among SEC schools with 12 players.

“I feel like I’ve been disrespected my whole college career because I won,” McCarron said. “That’s usually the knock on me. (Can’t throw) the deep ball and I won with NFL talent. And it’s not like we didn’t play anybody. We played in the SEC, which is the best conference in college football.”

A bit brusque and with no pretense of playing the role of media darling, McCarron waved off questions about his draft status.

“It doesn’t matter where I play,” McCarron said. “We can go out and play in this parking lot. If there’s any NFL team out there, I’ll go and play for them. I just want to play the game of football. I just want to go out there and show the people that doubted me that I can play to a high capability.”

McCarron’s Pros
- Size: At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he’s bigger than top prospects Bridgewater, Manziel, and Derek Carr.
- Efficiency: In four years, he’s thrown for 77 touchdowns , 15 interceptions, and had a passer efficiency rating of 162.54.
- Pro-style offense: He may be more NFL-ready than most quarterbacks in his draft class.

McCarron's Cons
- Speed: Not known for his mobility, McCarron’s 40-time at the Combine was an underwhelming 4.94.
- Game manager: The jury is out as to whether he’s a playmaker or just someone who wins because of the talent surrounding him.
- Durability: McCarron has had multiple injuries throughout his career at Alabama. He skipped the Reese’s Senior Bowl to rest a shoulder injury.

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