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150 Houston NFL alumni to attend game


Oilers coaching legend Bum Phillips is one of many Houston NFL alumni who will be attending Sunday's Texans-Bucs game.

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans are celebrating Houston's rich professional football legacy by honoring former NFL players at the 2007 Texans Homecoming game on December 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For the third year in a row, the Texans have invited all former NFL players who reside in the Houston-area to be a part of the Texan Homecoming gameday event.

Over 150 Houston-area former NFL players will participate, including Bum Phillips, Dan Pastorini, Kenny Burroughs, and Elvin Bethea. Players in attendance will sign autographs for Texans fans at all entrances throughout Reliant Stadium from 10:30-11:30 a.m. In addition, all players and guests will be treated to a pregame breakfast reception at Reliant Stadium with an address from Jamey Rootes, Texans President of Business Operations.

"Houston has a rich NFL tradition and our annual Homecoming event allows the players and fans to get reconnected," Rootes said. "Since our inception in 2002, we have welcomed Houston-area NFL alumni into the Houston Texans family and Homecoming is just another way that we say 'thank you' to them for the joy they brought to our community."

Hundreds of former NFL players call Houston home and the Texans recognize the importance of reaching out to this community and showing an appreciation for what football and the NFL has meant to this city. The Homecoming event provides the opportunity to connect Texans fans to all the Houstonians who have contributed to the rich history of the NFL.

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