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    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

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    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
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    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

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    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.

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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

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Weekly Conversation: Rick Smith transcript

Posted Jan 9, 2013

General manager Rick Smith sits down with Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com to talk about the upcoming game at New England, the inside linebacker spot and more.


General manager Rick Smith

(on how accurately rated the matchup between the Texans and the Patriots is in regards to their last meeting) “As it pertains to actually playing the football game, it has no relevance, really. When you talk about logistics and you talk about the fact that we just recently stayed in the hotel, we just recently took the escort to the stadium, our guys are familiar with the surrounding, that kind of stuff, it’s helpful. They understand the environment and how intimidating it can be.  All those kind of things, the familiarity piece with the travel and the logistics might be a little bit of a benefit, but beyond that, it’s the playoffs. It’s an intense time of the year and our guys know that we’ve got to play our best in order to go up there and be the football team that has a lot of experience in the playoffs and in championships. That’s where we’re trying to go. If we’re going to get there, we’ve got to go to environments and places like this and play well, take care of the football, and play our brand of football that we’ve talked about very often times on these broadcasts. And if we do that, we have a chance to go win. “

(on the return of OLB Brooks Reed) “Yeah, it’s obviously a good thing. You got one of our more productive players that’s back. Obviously when he was out, we missed him. We’ve got to do a better job this time around of pressuring Tom Brady, and certainly Brooks will help in that respect.”

(on the inside linebacker spot) “Well, you’re right. It seems like we’ve been thoroughly fortunate with injuries this year. It seems that when we’ve had a run of injuries they’ve been at one particular position, but I think or guys have done a nice job of responding. I think we were fortunate to be able to add a guy like Barrett Rudd who has the experience, who’s played in big games and is a veteran and understands our defense. So to get him and have him in the system has been helpful for us. The guy who’s been there through thick and thin has been Bradie James and has done a good job for us. It was unfortunate for Darryl because he had gone through so much to get back from the injuries and was playing at a very high level, to be honest with you. For him to sustain another injury and have to be placed on IR again was disappointing for him. But that’s part of football. Whatever the adversity is, part of this league and part of this game and winning a championship is you’ve got to be battle tested. A lot of people didn’t like the way the season ended, but for us it was really an example of how  you got to be able to fight through adversity and still rise up. Our team is battle tested and the experience we had in New England will serve us well when we go back. So all those things that happened over the course of the season, dealing with injuries, dealing with losses, all those various things and the adversity you have to go through I think help you this time of the year.”

(on Johnathan Joseph did against the Bengals) “Number one, I think he’s healthy again. I think he’s all the way back and I think he’s one of the top cover corners in the NFL. He’s a two-time pro bowler now and he’s starting to get the recognition he deserves, and I think he’s playing at an extremely high level.”

(on the talent he saw in the BCS National Championship game) “Well, just an incredible amount of talent when you look at it. I think we’ve talked about the fact that I had gone over to Atlanta before for the Tennessee game to watch the SEC championship game and just the talent on the field, very similar to what it was last night. Just a tremendous football game. I’ll say this, Nick Saban and the job that he’s done at the University of Alabama is just incredible. He continues to press a standard and have people meet that standard. It’s difficult to do when you’ve had some success and you’ve got young players, freshmen and sophomore guys that are coming into a program, and to have those guys raise their level to what he’s expecting them to do and to perform the way they do, it’s impressive.”

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