The most prolific receiver in franchise history, Andre Johnson was a first-round draft pick (No. 3 overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft. After a storied college career at the University of Miami, the rookie wideout started all 16 games, and made a team-high 66 catches for 976 yards and four touchdowns. Johnson was named NFL Rookie of the Week twice during that 2003 season after his Week 4 and Week 11 performances.
The Miami native would go on to become one of the best pass catchers in the NFL during his 12 seasons with Houston (2003-14). A two-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler, Johnson finished his career as the Texans all-time leading receiver with 1,012 receptions for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns. Johnson reached many career milestones as a Texan, including becoming the second-fastest player to reach both 13,000 yards and 1,000 receptions, doing so in 160 and 168 games, respectively. During his highlight-reel worthy career, Johnson has been one of the premier pass catchers to ever step on the football field.
Johnson was the inaugural member of the Texans Ring of Honor on November 19, 2017 and inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019. On Tuesday, the city of Houston even issued a proclamation for Andre Johnson Day to celebrate his career and his leadership in the community. Johnson was well-known for his annual charity work in Houston, such as handing out Thanksgiving turkeys in the Fifth Ward or taking children in Child Protective Services on a shopping spree for Christmas gifts.
Now retired as a player, Johnson serves on the Texans coaching staff as a special advisor to head coach Bill O’Brien.