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.
Kyle Emanuel, Linebacker, 2020
A midseason addition, Emanuel logged a pair of tackles in Week 7 against the Packers. He appeared in every contest after that, exclusively on special teams.
Originally a fifth-round selection out of North Dakota State in the 2015 NFL Draft, Emanuel spent his first four seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. He started 32 games for the 'Bolts, and played in 63 total, with a combined four sacks and 147 tackles.
Emanuel played in a game with the Raiders in 2020, before joining the Texans.
Brian Cushing, Linebacker, 2009-2017
The franchise's all-time tackles leader with 664, Cushing burst onto the scene as a rookie. The club's first round selection at 15th overall out of the University of Southern California, Cushing logged 133 tackles that year, 12 of which were for a loss. He also picked off four passes, tallied four sacks and forced a pair of fumbles. He was chosen as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and was selected for the Pro Bowl.
In the franchise's first playoff campaign, Cushing was selected as the team MVP in 2011. He had 114 tackles that year, intercepted two more passes, sacked the quarterback four times, and was a key reason the Texans defense was second in the NFL in fewest yards allowed.
Injuries submarined his 2012, 2013 and 2017 seasons, but Cushing would ultimately pick off eight passes in his career, force nine fumbles, amass 13.5 sacks and 42 tackles for loss.
Morlon Greenwood, Linebacker, 2005-2008
The final four of his eight NFL seasons came in Houston for Greenwood. A free agent signee in the 2005 offseason from the Dolphins, Greenwood would ring up 100 or more tackles in each of his first three seasons as a Texan. He finished with 387 total in Houston, along with a combined four sacks and two interceptions.
Originally a third round selection by Miami in the 2001 NFL Draft, the Syracuse product enjoyed his finest season as a Dolphin in 2004, when he registered a career-best eight tackles for loss. He also logged 108 tackles that year.
Greenwood finished with 685 career tackles and seven career sacks.
Jay Foreman, Linebacker, 2002-2004
The first Texan to wear the number 56, Foreman came to town via a trade with the Buffalo Bills. Once he got here, he gobbled up tackles as a Texans, finishing the first year with 143, and then returning with 136 in 2003. In the last of his three seasons with Houston, Foreman had 79 tackles in 11 starts.
His time as a Texan was one of the most successful of his career. The Nebraska Cornhusker was selected by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. After a 102-tackle season in 2001, he was dealt to Houston. He played a game in 2005 for the Giants, and two the next year for the San Francisco 49ers.