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.
Andrew Brown, Defensive tackle, 2020
Brown came to Houston after spending 2018 through the first part of 2020 in Cincinnati. With the Texans, he saw action in three of the final four contest, registering a tackle in the season finale against the Titans. His Houston debut came with a special teams snap at Chicago in Week 14. In Weeks 16 and 17 he played a combined 12 snaps on defense, and 15 snaps on offense.
Brown was originally drafted by the Bengals in the 5th round out of the University of Virginia. He spent 2018 on the practice squad.
Angelo Blackson, defensive lineman, 2017-2019
On the day the Astros won game 7 of the World Series, Blackson signed a free agent deal with the Texans. Over the next 2.5 seasons, he played in a combined 40 games. Blackson started 20 times for Houston, with 15 of those starts coming in the AFC South championship year of 2019.
In Week 15 at Tennessee, and then Week 16 at Tampa Bay, Blackson blocked field goal attempts. The Texans won each game by three points, and he picked up AFC Special Teams player of the week award in the win over the Titans.
In his time as a Texan, Blackson batted down five passes, recovered a fumble, tallied a sack and three tackles for loss, and finished his Houston career with 53 total tackles.
He moved on to Arizona in 2020.
Ufomba Kamalu, Defensive end, 2016 (wore #94 in 2017)
An undrafted rookie out of the University of Miami (FL), Kamalu played in four games over the second half of the 2016 campaign. His NFL debut came at NRG Stadium in Week 12 against the Chargers, as he was in for seven snaps on defense.
The next week, in the snow at Green Bay, Kamalu started and saw action on 39 snaps. He tallied the first tackle of his career in the loss to the Packers. Kamalu suited up in Week 15 win over the Jaguars at home, again playing seven snaps on defense. In the season finale at Tennessee, with the AFC South already clinched, Kamalu was in for 36 snaps. He logged a sack and a pair of tackles for loss.
He switched to the number 94 in 2017, and left for New England in 2018.
Jeoffrey Pagan, defensive lineman, 2014-2015
Pagan was a sixth round selection (177th overall) out of Alabama in the 2014 NFL Draft. He appeared in every game his rookie season, averaging about a dozen snaps per game on defense. He finished that year with a combined 10 tackles.
In 2015 he saw a handful of snaps in each of the season's first five games, played again in Week 16, and finished the year with a lone tackle.
Terrell McClain, defensive lineman, 2012-2013
McClain joined the Texans late in the 2012 campaign, seeing action in three games and logging a combined 10 snaps on defense.
He played in every game during the 2013 season, and finished the year with a combined 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, which came in the home loss to the Seahawks.
He signed a free agent deal that offseason with the Cowboys, and played for Dallas from 2014 through 2016. He spent 2017 in Washington, the next year in Atlanta, and split time between Kansas City and Oakland in 2019. He appeared in a pair of games for the Chiefs, and three contests with the Raiders.
McClain was drafted in the third round out of South Florida by the Panthers in 2011. He played his rookie season in Carolina, and then played in a 2012 game for the Patriots, before coming to Houston.
Damione Lewis, defensive line, 2010-2011
The final season of a 10-year NFL career came in Houston for Lewis. He appeared in 10 games for the Texans, and finished the season with 17 tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack.
The 12th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Rams, Lewis was one of four Miami Hurricanes to go in the first round that April. His first five years were spent with Saint Louis. He was a Carolina Panther from 2006-2009.
He retired with 23.5 career sacks, 277 total tackles, 42 tackles for loss and five fumble recoveries.
Franklin Okam, defensive line, 2008-2010
The Texans took the University of Texas Longhorn in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played in a combined 13 games the next three seasons for the Texans, and logged a combined four tackles.
He spent part of 2010 and 2011 with Tampa Bay, where he finished his NFL career.
Alfred Malone, defensive line, 2005-2006
Malone signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2005. The Troy product played in a pair of games his rookie season, and in Week 16 against the Jaguars, he picked up a sack and collected seven total tackles.
In 2006, he saw action in a pair of games, getting a half sack and two total tackles.
He played in four games with the Packers during the 2008 season.