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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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Foster, Leach having fun at the beach

Posted Jan 27, 2011

Texans running back Arian Foster and fullback Vonta Leach are getting used to life as Pro Bowlers in Hawaii.


HONOLULU – Both went undrafted out of college. Both were widely unknown before the 2010 season.

Now, they’re both first-team All-Pro and starting in the Pro Bowl.

Texans running back Arian Foster and fullback Vonta Leach are soaking it all up this week, from the spectacular views at their beachside Oahu hotel to lighthearted practices with teammates such as Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis.

“I’m very humbled,” Foster said on Thursday after the AFC practice at Kapolei High School. “It’s a surreal feeling.

"The first meeting we had, everybody in the Pro Bowl was there. You kind of just see guys that you look up to throughout the whole year. You’ve been seeing them do it for years, and when you see them, it’s just surreal. You kind of realize that they have the same amount of respect for you as you do for them, and that makes it all worth it.”

Foster and Leach are both first-time Pro Bowlers, Foster after his second NFL season and Leach after his seventh.

“This is just putting the icing on the cake for the year that we both had,” Leach said. “Obviously, Arian did a great job. He stepped up for our team, in my opinion one of the MVPs of the team to do what he had done. To come out and celebrate with him and also with (running backs coach) Chick Harris, that’s real good.”

Foster led the league in rushing yards (1,616), yards from scrimmage (2,220), rushing touchdowns (16) and total touchdowns (18) in 2010, one year after he spent much of his rookie season on the Texans’ practice squad. He set the single-season record for rushing yards by an undrafted player and was the first Texan to win the league rushing title.

Leach paved the way for Foster’s success. He didn’t have a single carry, and hasn’t for the past two seasons, but was an impact player as a bruising lead blocker. The Texans averaged a franchise-record 4.8 yards per carry this season.

Thanks to that, and the “Leach to the Beach” campaign that helped get him to Hawaii, Leach is now getting the recognition that often can be hard to come by for a fullback.

“It really makes you feel good,” Leach said. “You go against guys and they tell you that, hey, they’d been game planning you or you’re a good fullback. To hear the other guys that you play against come up and tell you that, opposing coaches and everybody, they appreciate the job that I do, so I’m just glad.”

Leach has 12 people en route to Hawaii to celebrate the Pro Bowl with him, including his mother, brother, Harris and his high school football coach from Lumberton, N.C. Foster’s daughter, Zeniah Egypt Foster, is already in town, and the rest of his family will be joining them on Friday.

The highlight of Foster’s trip so far was watching fireworks with his daughter at the end of a luau on Wednesday night.

“My daughter had never seen firecrackers before and she was looking at the firecrackers,” he said. “You can’t replace that moment for anybody.”

Leach has a fond memory of his own from the luau.

“I went there and I was on stage (dancing),” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting me a grass skirt and doing a little hula dancing.”

Such is the life of a Pro Bowler in Hawaii.

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