Who says practice is monotonous?
On Fridays, the linebackers work on ball skills at the end of practice. According to Bill O'Brien, linebackers coach Mike Vrabel usually throws passes to his group to practice catching interceptions.
The team was in for a surprise when Roger Clemens, former Major League Baseball pitcher and seven-time Cy Young Award winner, showed up to the Texans practice fields and took over "pitching" duty one Friday.
"We had the Rocket throw them," O'Brien said on his Monday radio show. "It was awesome. He wound up and he threw. His windup just brought back me watching him strikeout 20 against the Tigers."
Clemens, who recorded 354 wins and 4,672 strikeouts during his career, pitched for O'Brien's hometown Red Sox as well as the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees during his 24 years in Major League Baseball.
"That guy is a legend," O'Brien said. "First of all, what a great guy. He's a storyteller, very personable."
The Texans defense has 12 interceptions through 15 games. Since Week 8, Houston has forced 15 takeaways and is tied for third in the NFL in turnover margin (plus-7).
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