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Texans make New Year's resolutions


About 100 million Americans make New Year's resolutions and most put eating better at the top of their list, according to ABC news.

Not too shocking.

What may surprise Texans fans is that most players also want to start 2008 on a healthier note. Yes, these men with seemingly superhuman strength want to improve their figures in the offseason.

"My New Year's resolution is to eat a lot healthier and get back on my protein diet, eating girl food, baked food, pasta and salad," wide receiver Jacoby Jones said.

"Our nutrition here is fine, but when you get out and you see that fried chicken, you can't help it sometimes."

Jones wasn't the only player vowing to opt for fruits and vegetables.

"I'm usually pretty good about eating healthy, but I've been having this French fry kick lately," tight end Owen Daniels said. "So I'm going to try to lay off the French fries in the offseason when I'm not as physically active."

Running back Darius Walker said cutting out fried foods would be a step-by-step process.

"I'm a big junk food fanatic," Walker said. "You can call me a junkie that way. Whatever you want to call it, I love chips, cookies, all of that, so I'm going to try to back down on that a little bit."

Next on the list for the Texans is to devote more time to the family.

"I want to be a better dad and spend more time with my kids," tight end Mark Bruener said. "I get to do that now that the offseason is approaching."

Right tackle Eric Winston is hoping he can groom his daughter to be the next Lisa Leslie.

"We've got to work on her basketball skills right now," Winston said. "We're in the middle of basketball season and probably a couple of moves under the hoop would do her well."

{QUOTE}Others players had the 2008 season on their minds.

"My New Year's resolution is to have a winning season next year, for sure," wide receiver Kevin Walter said. "Come back in '08, come back strong and have that winning season is definitely my New Year's resolution."

Guard Chester Pitts went one step further.

"Go to the playoffs next year," Pitts said. "How about that one? Win a couple more games than we won this year.

"And give up less sacks than I gave up this season, which is very minimal for the record. Statisticians threw something out there like we were sixth or seventh in the league."

For two-time Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson, the answer is simple and straightforward.

"Go to the playoffs next year," Johnson said. "Other than that? That's about it. And improve myself as a person."

Coach Gary Kubiak, who met with the players Monday after they had cleaned out their lockers, said his mind was already on the NFL draft.

"I just want to draft somewhere from 23 down, that's my New Year's resolution," Kubiak said.

Well, the head coach will make good on his resolution with the Texans landing the 18th selection in the draft. And that could spell good karma for the team in 2008.

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