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.
Benardrick McKinney, ILB 2015-Current
A second round draftee out of Mississippi State, McKinney has been a leader on defense since arriving in 2015. A Pro Bowler in 2018, he's quickly risen up the franchise tackles leaderboard. McKinney is currently fourth all-time on the Texans, behind Brian Cushing, DeMeco Ryans and Kareem Jackson.
McKinney has tallied 100 or more tackles in three of the last four seasons, and in 2016, he was the only player in the NFL that season to finish with 100 or more tackles and five or more sacks.
He's started 73 games as a Texan.
Chris Myers, C 2008-2014
Nobody's worn the number 55 longer than Myers, one of the finest offensive linemen in team history. Two times a Pro Bowler, he was a leader up front for the Texans when the franchise finally turned the corner and posted a winning record for the first time in 2009, and then made the first playoff run in 2011.
Acquired via trade from Denver in 2008, Myers flourished in Houston, starting all 16 games in the seven seasons he was a Texan. In 2011 he earned his first Pro Bowl nod, and went back to Hawaii the following year as well.
Myers spent 10 years in the NFL after playing on the mighty Miami Hurricanes squads of the early 2000's.
Danny Clark, LB 2007
Clark played a season in Houston in 2007, starting eight games at linebacker, and appearing in five others. He registered 51 tackles, forced a fumble and picked off a pass.
In 2004 and 2005 as an Oakland Raider, he rang up over a 100 tackles each season. Clark was drafted out of Illinois in 2000, and spent 11 years in the NFL, also playing with the Jaguars, Saints and Giants.
Drew Hodgdon, C 2005-2007 (wore #55 in 2006)
A Texan for three years, Hodgdon was drafted out of Arizona State in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
He would start a total of eight games in his three-year career, with five of those coming in 2006.
Kenneth Pettway, LB 2005
Pettway was a 7th-round pick of the Texans in 2005, but never saw game action with the club. His rookie year was spent mostly on the practice squad, and in December he made the 53-man roster. However, he was inactive for three games. Pettway was let go after training camp, and he wound up playing two seasons with the Jaguars, and another with the Packers.
Jamie Sharper, LB 2002-2004
An original Texan, Sharper joined the team in the expansion draft of 2002 from Baltimore.
With Houston, his finest season came in 2003, when he led the NFL with 164 tackles. He was named the club's MVP, and was also the Texans' Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.
In three seasons as a Texan, Sharper piled up tackles, finishing with 137 or more in each of those years.
He won a Super Bowl ring as a starter with the Ravens in 2000, and during his final NFL season of 2005 he helped get the Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance. Sharper retired after nine NFL seasons, and spent the 2013 preseason with the Texans as a scouting intern.