When I sat down with Texans tight end Joel Dreessen and told him that I wanted to learn about the interesting quirks or unknown facts about him, he beamed and said it’s great to be able to share more about himself with fans. The sixth-year veteran has been with the Texans for the last five seasons.

Here you go: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Joel Dreessen

  1. In 2009, Dreessen married his college sweetheart Stacy, and their son Dylan will be 2-years old in January. He played football at Colorado State, where he earned a degree in business management.
  2. Even though he’s a veteran, he stays at the team hotel during training camp and rides his bike to the stadium everyday. Only rookies and some new players are required to stay at the team hotel, but he’s superstitious and follows the same routine.
  3. In high school, Dreessen was named Homecoming King and was a member of the National Honor Society. He received only two Bs in high school but claims he’s not a brainiac.
  4. Dreessen has played football since the seventh grade. He also ran track in high school and placed second in state for the 110-meter with high hurdles event.
  5. He’s the youngest of three children. His older brother Jason played football at Wyoming. His older sister Janell works for the human resources department at Rice University.
  6. Dreessen says he was picked on by his older siblings as the two would team up against him.
  7. He owns an 800-acre ranch 75 miles east of Amarillo and has all the gear necessary to look like a cowboy. Dreessen is also an avid hunter and knows the different seasons.
  8. As a child, Dreessen had a fascination with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When he was a young elementary school student, his mother took him to a concert featuring the life-size characters. Dreessen says he was so angry and frustrated when he did not turn into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle after the concert. He then stopped liking the reptile superheroes.
  9. Dreessen’s best friends on the team are defensive end Tim Bulman, receiver David Anderson and guard Mike Brisiel. (He probably should have said Matt Schaub. –AMR)
  10. Dreessen will eat a green apple next Sunday. It’s another one of his superstitions. On game days, he grabs either a green or red apple as the team leaves the team hotel. If the Texans win, he’ll eat the same-colored apple the following week. If not, he chooses the other color the following week. Before the loss to the Raiders on Sunday, Dreessen had a red apple.
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