Christian Covington was chaotically calm on Saturday night.
The Texans defensive lineman watched the Astros win Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, and said he projected stillness, while butterflies fluttered inside during the contest.
"To be able to see your fellow brothers in the sports realm do it, I'm fired up myself," Covington said Monday. "That can only fire up people within the sports realm of Houston. It's so good to see them win."
The former Rice Owl said he watched the baseball game on television. His defensive teammate Johnathan Joseph, though, was at Minute Maid Park for the clincher. For Joseph, it was an unforgettable night.
"I was just telling somebody I’ve been in a lot of sporting events, but I’ve never been a part of something like that," Joseph said. "I was there for the clinching game to the World Series and it was something that just left a feeling in me I’ll never forget.”
Head coach Bill O'Brien, who often wears an Astros ballcap, seeing Houston move on to the World Series was sweet.
The Texans and Astros have a shared connection over the last few years.
"I think what the Astros did was just awesome," O'Brien said. "That crowd over there – (Jose) Altuve, the way that Charlie Morton pitched, (Justin) Verlander’s a warrior, (Carlos) Correa, (Evan) Gattis. I mean, you guys know by now my affinity with Gattis. That guy can play ball, man. He’s awesome. So, I’m looking forward to the World Series. I think A.J.’s (Hinch) done a great job. It’ll be a great World Series and I wish those guys the best.”
O'Brien even joked about adding Gattis to the roster.
“Yeah, I mean we got some injuries at linebacker and that’s what he looks like. We got a fullback in Jay (Prosch), but he kind of looks like Prosch, doesn’t he, when he gets up," O'Brien said. "It’s kind of how I envision Prosch in the batter’s box. That was a joke.”
The Texans practiced Monday, and will face the Seahawks in Seattle this Sunday afternoon.
Take a look at photos from Astros shortstop Carlos Correa's visit to #TexansCamp.