Skip to main content

A bit of a homecoming for T.J. Yates on Sunday

T.J. Yates is a Texan.

His family firmly supports the Texans.

But the Yates have Colts roots. They were "diehard" fans, once.

"Not anymore though," the Texans quarterback said on Wednesday. "Make that clear."

The 5th-year signal-caller will start under center for Houston on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. It's the second time Yates will start in that venue, as he did so late in the 2011 season for the Texans. He was born in Indianapolis, and even took to the field in the Colts previous home.

"I remember back when it was the RCA Dome, doing a punt, pass and kick there whenever I was six or seven years old," Yates said. "But I never imagined this."

When he was 10-years old, Yates and his family moved to Atlanta. But despite that, they still supported Colts' legend Peyton Manning and company.

"Even when we moved to Atlanta later, we traveled down to Jacksonville to see him play and we were pretty diehard," Yates said.

He joked that one of his brothers, who is typically in a Colts jersey on gameday, will wear Yates' this Sunday.

"He said he is going to support the Texans, but all other weeks he is a Colts fan," Yates said.

Kickoff is set for noon CT on Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium.


Check out some of the best shots from Wednesday's practice as the Texans prepare for the Colts on Sunday.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content