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.
Auzoyah Alufohai, Defensive tackle, 2020
A rookie out of West Georgia, Alufohai saw late-season action on defense for the Texans in 2020, as he played in each of the final three games. He logged a tackle at Indianapolis in Week 15, and over the final trio of games, played in about a third of the defensive snaps. He also saw some work on special team as well.
D.J. Reader, Nose tackle/defensive end, 2016-19
The Clemson product spent the first four years of his career with the Texans, before heading to Cincinnati in free agency. He tallied seven starts and played in every game as a rookie, and then proceeded to start 45 games over the next three seasons with the club.
Reader finished his Texans career with 6.5 sacks, 173 tackles and 17 tackles for loss.
Keith Browner, Jr., Defensive end, 2014
After spending part of 2012 and all of 2013 on the practice squad, Browner got in for a combined 25 snaps in defense and special teams in the final three contests of 2014.
Originally from Los Angeles, Browner played his college ball at Cal. His father, Keith Browner, Sr., spent five seasons in the NFL, and a trio of uncles played a combined 22 years in the League. One of those uncles, Joey Browner, picked off 37 passes in a 10-year career, and was a Pro Bowler six times.
Connor Barwin, Defensive end, outside linebacker, 2009-12
Picked in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Barwin played in all 16 games as a rookie, logging 18 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. In the first half of 2010's Week 1 win over the Colts, Barwin suffered a gruesome leg injury and was lost for the season.
He came back from the injury in a big way, though, ringing up 11.5 sacks in 2011 as the Texans earned their first playoff bid. He also had 12 tackles for loss. He again came up with 12 tackles for loss in 2012, and Houston went back to the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Barwin departed that offseason in free agency, and played the next four years in Philadelphia. In 2014 for the Eagles, he notched a career-best 14.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss to earn a Pro Bowl nod.
He started 13 games for the Rams in 2017, and played his NFL season with the Giants in 2018. For his career, Barwin sacked the quarterback 56.5 times in 142 games played.
Anthony Weaver, Defensive end, 2006-08
The final three seasons of his 7-year NFL career were spent with the Texans for Anthony Weaver. A free agent signee from the Ravens, Weaver started 44 games with Houston, batting down seven passes, logging 121 tackles and picking off a pair of passes.
He was an assistant with the Texans from 2015 through 2020. The first four seasons were spent as a defensive line coach. In 2020, Weaver was the defensive coordinator.
Antwan Peek, Linebacker, 2003-06
The 67th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, Peek was a third round selection from the University of Cincinnati. He found his way into a combined 24 games his first two seasons with Houston, and recovered a fumble that returned 66 yards for a score in a late-season shutout victory at Jacksonville.
He would start all 16 games of the 2005 campaign, finishing with a career-best six sacks and 47 total tackles.
Injuries derailed Peek in his final season with the team, as he appeared in 11 games with two starts.
His last year in the NFL was with the Browns in 2007.
Jeff Posey, Linebacker, 2002
He wasn't a Texan for long, but Jeff Posey made an impact in the club's first season. Posey led the defense with eight sacks in 2002, as he started nine games and played in all 16. He also picked off a pass, forced a pair of fumbles, and concluded his lone season in Houston with 66 tackles.
In the first hour of free agency during the 2003 offseason, Posey signed a deal with Buffalo. Over the next three seasons, he'd start every game but two, and would conclude his NFL career in 2006 with Washington.
After a college career at Southern Mississippi, Posey signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 1998. He left San Francisco after the 2000 season, and 2001 he split time between Carolina and Jacksonville.
Posey is from Bassfield, Mississippi, the same hometown as Texans safety A.J. Moore.
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