Skip to main content

Texans Top 100: Arian Foster arrives on the scene with a splash

In 2009, Arian Foster was just an undrafted player looking for a chance in the NFL.

When the Texans signed the Tennessee running back, Foster still had to earn his spot on the team. After working on the practice squad providing scout team looks, Foster was called up to the active roster for the final six games of the season. Foster contributed on both offense and special teams, but it was late in the regular season when the rookie made his big splash.

In Week 16 at Miami, Foster scored his first career touchdown on a 17-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with 97 yards on 19 carries in Houston's 27-20 win over the Dolphins. Next week in the season finale versus the Patriots, Foster capped off his rookie campaign with two more touchdowns. In his best game of the season, Foster rumbled for 119 yards, caught three passes for 26 yards and gave the NRG Stadium faithful a glimpse of what was to come over the next six years.

Through six games in 2009, Foster rushed for 257 yards on 54 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and scored three rushing touchdowns. He also added eight receptions for 93 yards, averaging 11.6 yards per catch. That rookie performance catapulted Foster to a 2010 season where he went on to lead the NFL in rushing yards (1,616), rushing touchdown (17) and yards from scrimmage (2,220).

Check out photos of Arian Foster's touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Related Content