Last week, I took off on a two day traveling voyage, driving from Houston to Los Angeles, which gave me plenty of time to think and brainstorm over approximately 1,400 miles of driving. Anyhow, as I hit mile marker 245 on I-10 heading toward El Paso, it truly hit me what a massively grand state Texas actually is. Look, I've known it's big as the saying goes, but it hit me HOW truly big it is on this trip.
While driving, I started thinking about Texans that were Texans, studied as Texans and became pros in Texas. For some reason, I thought about offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who has owned a ranch in Texas throughout his NFL career.
That got me thinking about Texans on this roster, and I don't just mean the Houston Texans. The NFL is unique in that most players make their mark in a place far from where they grew up. For a solid number of Texans, though, they were able to stay or return back home as they signed or were drafted by the Texans.
Lifers (sort of)
Keke Coutee - Lufkin HS, Texas Tech and Texans
Charles Omenihu - Rowlett HS, Texas and Texans
Carson Green - Southlake Carroll HS, Texas A&M and Texans
Ryan McCollum - Klein Oak HS, Texas A&M and Texans
Ross Blacklock - Elkins HS, TCU and Texans
**This is my favorite group. High School in Texas, distracted with college and some professional work elsewhere but returned home to the Lone Star state to play for the Texans. Sounds like someone I know well.
Marcus Cannon - Odessa HS, TCU and now Texans
Rex Burkhead - Plano HS and now Texans
Lane Taylor - Arlington Martin HS and now Texans
Vincent Taylor - San Antonio Madison HS and now Texans
Got here and won't leave...thankfully
Garret Wallow - TCU and Texans (went to John Curtis HS in River Ridge, LA)
Jon Weeks - Baylor and Texans (went to Mountain Ridge HS in Glendale, AZ)
Texans with Texas Family ties (no HS or college ties)
Jordan Jenkins - Family lives in Sugar Land
Jacob Martin - Family in Katy
Davis Mills - Sister lives in Houston