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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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Confident Leinart braces for opportunity to start

Posted Nov 14, 2011

A year after being jettisoned by the Arizona Cardinals and scooped up by the Texans, quarterback Matt Leinart is getting a long-awaited second chance to be a starter.


A year after being jettisoned by the Arizona Cardinals and scooped up by the Texans, quarterback Matt Leinart is getting a long-awaited second chance to be a starter.

He certainly didn’t wish for it to happen this way – through a “significant foot injury” to his friend Matt Schaub – but it’s a chance nonetheless. And the 28-year-old Leinart, a first-round pick in 2006 who has started all of one game in the last four seasons, is ready to seize the moment for however long Schaub is out.

“It’s a huge opportunity for me,” Leinart said on Monday. “I’m really bummed for Matt (Schaub). We’ve become very close the last year and this year. He’s the leader of this football team and he’s done a great job in the 4-5 years he’s been here to get us to this point... But he knows and everyone knows in this profession that things happen and the next guy has to step up.

"That’s my job and my responsibility as a quarterback, to take his place for now and help this team win. That’s what I’ve wanted for a long time and what I’ve worked for every day and prepared for every day of the offseason and during the season.”

After winning two national championships and a Heisman Trophy at USC, Leinart was drafted 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2006. He started 11 games as a rookie but broke his collarbone five games into his second season.

With a new head coach in Ken Whisenhunt, Leinart never regained his starting job from future Hall of Fame Kurt Warner. He was cut by the Cardinals just before the start of last season.

As the Texans' third quarterback in 2010, Leinart ran the scout team in practice. He got a better feel for the offense this year in training camp and the preseason after re-signing to be Schaub’s No. 2. He got extensive practice reps with the first team a few weeks ago when Schaub missed time with injuries. His brief fourth-quarter appearance Sunday at Tampa Bay was his first game action as a Texan.

“The backup quarterback only gets a certain amount of reps, but you have to make the most of those in practice, and in the game you have to be able to be accountable,” Leinart said. “That’s something that I’ve learned in this league and in this profession. Your time is going to come and you have to be accountable for when that opportunity comes. I think my guys know that I work hard, study hard and I prepare very well. We’re going to take this and go game-by-game. I don’t think much is going to change.”

The Texans have gotten to 7-3 this season with a dominant defense and running game, both of which are still intact. Schaub averaged only 22.6 pass attempts during the Texans’ current four-game winning streak. Leinart, who hasn’t thrown a pass in the regular season since Jan. 3, 2010, won’t all of a sudden be asked to throw it 30-35 times a game.

Leinart said he has “always been comfortable” with the bootlegs and play-action that the Texans so often run. It was an integral part of his offense at USC, where he went 37-2 and threw for a school-record 10,693 career yards.

“It’s part of the reason why I love this offense so much,” Leinart said. “Arizona, we weren’t a big play-action and boot pass team at all and here, obviously that’s there. With the way we run the ball so well, that’s a huge part of our offense and that’s something that I really feel comfortable doing and I think the coaches know that just because of my past experience… I know we’ll continue to do that stuff because that’s what makes us so good. That’s our offense.”

Leinart’s confidence is further buoyed by the weapons at his disposal. He marveled on Monday at the Texans' offensive line, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers.

"That makes it harder on the defense when you’ve got so many weapons," Leinart said. "If you double Andre (Johnson), you leave Owen Daniels or Kevin (Walter) or Jacoby (Jones) one-on-one. There’s not a lot you can do.

"I imagine now defenses are going to try to make me throw the ball to win, and we’ve got some great guys on the outside to do that and we also got that running game. It’s going to be fun.”

The Texans have withstood injuries to key player after key player this season. Arian Foster (hamstring) missed two of the first three games. Andre Johnson (hamstring) has missed the last six games. Mario Williams (chest) is out for the season, and Danieal Manning (fibula) is out indefinitely.

Schaub joined that list on Sunday, which means Leinart joins a list that includes Brooks Reed and Troy Nolan of Texans players to step in for injured stars this season.

He's taking the reins to a team that's tied for the best record in the AFC right now, but Leinart isn't feeling a ton of pressure.

“I think it’s easy to let the situation itself overpower you, but for me, that’s why we play this game and that’s why we get paid what we get paid,” Leinart said. “That’s why we grind it out every day during the season and training camp is for things like this. I’ve played in a lot of big games from college to pro. I’ve been a part of a lot of big games, and for me, it’s just about stepping in and doing my job. My job is I’m a quarterback. My job is to lead this football team, to move the chains, score points and to be efficient.

“It’s exciting. This organization, we haven’t been in this situation before, but we got a great team. We’ve got a great team camaraderie. Everyone is so together in belief of what we can accomplish. We just continue to march forward together.”

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