The Houston Texans honored former wide receiver Andre Johnson on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 during their game against the Arizona Cardinals at NRG Stadium. At halftime, the Texans inducted Johnson as the inaugural member of the Texans' Ring of Honor. Johnson is the first Texans player in team history inducted into the team's newly created Ring of Honor, putting a Houston-sized bookend on his amazing career. Johnson's legacy is unmatched and makes him the perfect player to be the first to capture this amazing organizational honor. Inducting such a signature star as the first member of the team's Ring of Honor was a historic moment for Texans fans to witness. Johnson also served as the Homefield Advantage Captain and Coin Toss Captain. Throughout the week leading up to the game, the Texans hosted several events in honor of Johnson. On Tuesday, the City of Houston presented the former Texan with a proclamation proclaiming Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 as "Andre Johnson Day." Later that evening, children from the Houston Texans YMCA hosted a retirement party for Johnson at Bowlmor Lanes along with current Texans players, Mascot TORO, Cheerleaders and Ambassador Chester Pitts. On Thursday, Nov. 16, in partnership with Palais Royal, 80 lucky winners were selected to meet Johnson at NRG Stadium and receive an autograph and photo with the former Texans great. The former wide receiver signed a one-day contract on Wed., April 19 to officially retire as a member of the Texans. He was honored at a press conference that included Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Cal McNair and a number of current and former Texans. Johnson spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the Texans after being drafted third overall in the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami (Fla.). The seven-time Pro Bowler is the franchise's all-time leader in nearly every receiving category including receptions (1,012), receiving yards (13,597), receiving touchdowns (64) and 100-yard games (51). Johnson also holds numerous individual game records for the Texans, including most receptions (14), receiving yards (273) and receiving touchdowns (three) in a game. Johnson played and started 169 games for the Texans from 2003-14 and led the team in receptions and receiving yards in 10 of those seasons. He set the single-season franchise record for receptions with 115 in 2008 and receiving yards with 1,598 in 2012. Johnson also had a stretch of 133 consecutive games played with a reception (11/6/05 to 12/21/14) and scored 64 career touchdowns with the Texans, second-most in franchise history.
From His Peers
Former Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien
"Andre just personally meant a lot to me. He was a true professional. He worked very hard. Very smart, very detailed guy. Team guy. Players had a tremendous amount of respect for him. I remember when he came back into the team meeting room when he had held out for a little bit in the minicamp there, I think they gave him a standing ovation. I mean, it was incredible, just the respect that the players had for him. I had respect for him just from where I had been in New England. I can remember Bill Belichick standing up in a team meeting before 2009 when we played them out here, New England, just reading off his stats and what he's meant to this organization and the respect that he has around the league."
Former Texans and Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak
"Congratulations, what a tremendous honor for you and your family. You're a tremendous player and a tremendous person for the Texans. You taught them what a great player was. You taught a young organization what a great player was and what a great teammate was. More importantly, what a great person you were as well. You had tremendous accomplishments throughout your career. You're a Hall of Fame football player and a Hall of Fame person."
Former NFL WR and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin
"His ability raised up other people to make them play great. What made him so difficult for everybody to cover is that he was that pinnacle, the perfect matchup. He was a big receiver that had the speed and he was incredible. Fast enough to get on top of you and beat you with the deep ball, but he was big enough and crafty enough to run every day down routes and beat you that way. He was a matchup nightmare for anybody."
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