What's in a number? HoustonTexans.com is taking a look back at the numerical roster of the franchise, and going over every number that's been worn in team history. From the memorable ones like 99, 80, and 4, to some that might not ring a bell, we've got them all covered.
Phillip Gaines, CB 2019-Current
The Rice product played in six games for the Texans in 2019, starting at Kansas City and Indianapolis. He logged 11 total tackles, a tackle for loss, and broke up a pair of passes. A leg injury at the end of the loss to the Colts in Week 7 submarined his season. He re-signed with the Texans in the offseason.
Gaines was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and he played there the first four seasons of his career, getting 16 starts in Kansas City. He spent time in Buffalo and Cleveland in 2018, starting a combined 11 games for the Bills and Browns that season.
Andre Hal, CB/S, 2014-2018
Hal was drafted as a cornerback out of Vanderbilt in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft. He saw time in 14 games that year, and finished with 21 total tackles. In the offseason, the Texans moved him to safety, where he started 38 games over the next three seasons.
In 2015, he picked off four passes, and took one back for a touchdown. He also broke up 10 passes and logged 37 tackles. He intercepted a pair of passes in 2016, and started 11 of the 15 games in which he played. Hal started every contest of the 2017 season, finishing with a trio of picks and notching a career-best 71 total tackles. In late May of 2018, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Remarkably, he came back in the middle of the season to play in eight games, starting twice. He even picked off three passes that year. After the 2018 campaign ended, Hal retired from the game of football with five seasons under his belt, 40 starts and a dozen career interceptions.
Jawanza Starling, S, 2013
Starling saw time in a pair of 2013 games for the Texans, exclusively as a special teamer. He played at home against the Raiders in a Week 11 loss, and then recorded his only NFL tackle in the season finale at Tennessee.
In college at USC, he was a starting safety from his sophomore year onward. He also played centerfield for the Trojans baseball team as a freshman, getting three hits in 10 at bats in the 2010 season.
Glover Quin, CB/S, 2009-2012
A fourth round selection out of New Mexico in 2009, Quin blossomed into a starting safety in his third and fourth NFL seasons in Houston. Originally a corner, he started 12 games on the left side his rookie year, and started all 16 contests in 2010, as well as for the eight years after that. When Wade Phillips took over as defensive coordinator in 2011, one of his first moves was switching Quin to safety. He started there alongside Danieal Manning the next two seasons, and flourished.
In four seasons as a Texan, Quin tallied 314 total tackles and picked off five passes.
He left Houston for Detroit in free agency, and from 2013 through 2018 he intercepted 19 passes as a Lion, and went to the 2014 Pro Bowl.
Quin retired following the 2018 season, finishing with 156 starts out of 159 games played.
Guss Scott, DB, 2006
After appearing in five games for New England in 2005, Scott played five games for the Texans in Gary Kubiak's inaugural season, and logged seven tackles. He then played a game that year with the Patriots…against his former team the Texans.
After that final game as a Patriot against Houston, Scott's time in the NFL was complete.
Marlon McRee, DB, 2003-2004
McRee also wore the number 27 in his time as a Texan, but he wound up coming to town a few games into the 2003 campaign after beginning his career as a Jaguar. He started 11 2003 contests, and played in all 16 games the next season as well. In Houston, McRee finished with a pair of interceptions and 32 tackles in 31 games played with Houston.
His high point as a Texan came in a Week 16 loss at Tennessee in 2003, when he picked off a Titans pass and returned it 95 yards for a score.
McRee was originally a 7th-round pick from Kentucky in the 2001 NFL Draft. He spent his first two years as a Jaguar before heading to Houston early in the 2003 season. In 2005, he started 15 games in Carolina, then spent 2006 and 2007 in San Diego, before finishing his career in Denver. He had 16 career interceptions in 116 career games played.