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"It's amazing." Andre Johnson talks Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Andre Johnson's a Hall of Famer.

The greatest offensive player in Texans history gets inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday in Waco. He's already a member of the University of Miami's Sports Hall of Fame, and one day he'll go into Canton as a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Getting the recognition for his exploits on the field is something that still makes the All-Pro receiver pause.

"It's amazing," Johnson said. "As a kid, you never think about stuff like that. I just wanted to play football. I never thought about 'Hey, I'm going to go to the Hall of Fame'. To have that happen is a tremendous honor. It's amazing to have people recognize what you did on the field, so I'm very appreciative."

Johnson is the first Texans player to get inducted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, which was established in 1993.

The list of accomplishments is long, but Johnson is the franchise leader in career receptions, yards and touchdown catches. He was selected for seven Pro Bowls, is 10th in NFL history in receiving yards, and finished a season with 100 or more catches for 1,500 or more yards three different times. He was the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, and spent the next 14 seasons as one of the dominant offensive forces in the League.

His exploits on the field were matched with his generosity off the gridiron. At Thanksgiving, Johnson annually arranged turkey giveaways to folks in need. Before every Christmas, he funded shopping trips for kids in the care of the Harris County Family Protective Services. He also helped the Houston Area Women's Center, adopted an elementary school in the Houston Independent School District and gave in numerous other ways to those in need throughout the years.

The positive impact by Johnson is what impressed Texans head coach Bill O'Brien the most.

"Andre is a special guy," O'Brien said. "The guy just did so much for the City of Houston so I think that's a much-deserved honor for him. That's a great honor. That Texas Sports Hall of Fame, that's a pretty big deal. That's a great thing for Andre and his family."

In 2017, Johnson became the first person inducted into the Texans Ring of Honor.

Johnson joins a class that includes Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, former Texas A&M and NFL kicker Tony Franklin, basketball star Nancy Lieberman, former University of Texas and MLB pitcher Greg Swindell, Arkansas college football star Loyd Phillips and tennis legend Maureen Connolly Brinker.

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