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Rookie diary: Antwaun Molden


EDITOR'S NOTE: Cornerback Antwaun Molden, a third-round draft choice at No. 79 overall out of Eastern Kentucky, is providing fans with a periodic diary entry throughout his rookie season on

To all my fans –

It was very hard to Harry Williams go down on Friday and then keep on playing. Even through the rest of the game, I was thinking about it, because that's something that doesn't happen that often and when it does, it's a big blow and now you've got to figure out, "How do you go on?"

I've never experienced anything like that before on the football field. It was a big reminder that the game is definitely a physical game. You have to go hard every play, because you never know what happens on the next play. You've been gifted to play the game of football. You have to go hard every single play.

I was in on the play when Harry got hurt. I was the number two on the coverage team; he was actually the number three, right next to me. I didn't see what happened, and I didn't really see the replays; it was a blocked view from the sidelines. I haven't had a chance to look at it on television yet, either.

{QUOTE}But Harry, he's a hard worker. I know Harry's a strong person and I know he wouldn't want us to hold our heads down. I know on the way to the hospital, he kept asking about us, and that right there just gave us hope. He's a fighter. We all love him.

He meant a lot to this team on the field, too. I really think Harry had the potential to be a Pro Bowl special teams player. He's a big guy with a big frame, he has speed, he has an uncanny ability to track down the football. He's God-gifted.

But again, Harry's a strong person. He kept telling us he's going to be alright, you know, so that's what gave us some courage and hope, and our prayers are with him and his family for a speedy recovery.

I know that roster cuts are coming up soon. We have a few being made today, I believe, and then after this next game we're supposed to get this roster down to 53 players.

I haven't noticed a change in the mood around here on the practice field; I think from day one, it's been really competitive out here. Everyone brings their lunch pail as if they're going to start, and that's how it should be.

At the same time, I don't know what it's going to feel like when the cuts are made. I've never experienced it, you know; I'm from college. I'm from Eastern Kentucky, and everyone makes the team there, even the walk-ons. There's always a jersey for someone.

In the league, it's a business. I've never experienced that on both sides, being cut – and hopefully I won't have to experience it – and being on the team and having a friend that didn't make it. But again, it's a business. You just have to come out here and work hard.

We're definitely on more of a regular-season schedule these days. I think in training camp, everything is just thrown at you fast. Now, it slows down. I think that it's just a matter of time, how you adapt. It seems like everything just fits in place as far as the schedule, the teams that we play.

I'm definitely getting excited for my first NFL season. I'm looking forward to doing good things. I know that my Heavenly Father put me in a position to do good things, and I'm going to take advantage of it.

Thanks for all the prayers and all the congratulatory comments and support. I'm looking forward to making our Texans fans happy.

  • Antwaun

**8/20** - Looking back on a week in New Orleans
**8/8** - Excited for my first game; rookie hazing
**8/2** - Training camp - tiring, but not overwhelming
**7/27**;/1218232188794/) - Life as a rookie in a new city

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