Team-Record Eight Texans Earn 2013 Pro Bowl Invitations
Eight Houston Texans were named to the 2013 AFC/NFC Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today. Houston will send LT Duane Brown, RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, CB Johnathan Joseph, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, LG Wade Smith and DE J.J. Watt to Honolulu, Hawaii for the League’s feature of the best players on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.
Houston’s eight Pro Bowlers are the most of any team in the AFC this season and are the most in team history, surpassing the previous high of five back in 2009. Houston’s five starters are also a team record. This marks the ninth consecutive season that the Texans have had at least one player elected to the Pro Bowl.
Johnson (6-3, 226) has returned to form after an injury-riddled 2011 season to make the Pro Bowl for the sixth time in his career. He leads the AFC with 1,457 receiving yards, which is the sixth 1,000 receiving yard season of his career. Johnson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month in November after leading the AFC in receptions (35), receiving yards (614) and yards from scrimmage (614) in helping the Texans to a 4-0 mark. He established franchise records with 14 receptions for 273 yards in an overtime win against Jacksonville in Week 11. Four days later, Johnson followed his record-setting performance with nine receptions for 188 yards in a Thanksgiving Day overtime win at Detroit. His efforts against Jacksonville and Detroit were the greatest back-to-back receiving performance in NFL history at 461 yards.
Johnson has eclipsed several milestones this season, including becoming the third-fastest player in NFL history to surpass 11,000 career receiving yards, doing so in his 136th game; and he also became the second-fastest player to reach 800 catches in NFL history, doing so in his 137th career game.
Foster (6-1, 229), who returns to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season, continues to perform as one of the NFL’s premier backs. He recorded his seventh 100-yard rushing performance this season with a season-high 165 yards on 27 carries vs. Indianapolis in Week 15.
Foster is second in the AFC with 1,328 rushing yards and is the first back in team history to top the 1,000-yard mark in three consecutive seasons. He also leads the NFL in red zone rushing with 72 carries for 200 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Schaub (6-5, 239) has bounced back after missing the final six games of 2011 to be named to his second Pro Bowl, having been awarded MVP honors for his performance in the 2010 game. Through 15 games, Schaub has completed 326-of-508 passes for 3,733 yards and 22 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions.
Schaub was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 13 when he orchestrated a historic performance against Jacksonville by throwing for 527 yards, which tied for the second-most passing yards in a game in NFL history. Schaub’s 43 completions on 55 attempts tied for the second-most completions in a game in NFL history. He also threw a franchise-record five touchdowns passes, including the 48-yard game-winner to Andre Johnson in overtime.
Myers (6-4, 290), Brown (6-4, 320) and Smith (6-4, 307) will all be representing the offensive line in Hawaii. Myers will be making his second appearance after becoming the first offensive lineman in franchise history to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl a year ago. Brown, making his first Pro Bowl appearance, has only been called for one holding penalty over the past five seasons. Smith will also be making his first Pro Bowl appearance. The 10-year veteran has started all 47 games at left guard for the Texans since signing as a free agent from Kansas City prior to the 2010 season. The Texans offensive line paved the way for seven 100-yard rushing performances and ranks third in the AFC and seventh in the NFL with 2,021 yards rushing (134.7 per game).
Joseph (5-11, 189) returns to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season. The seven-year veteran is the fourth Texan to reach the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons. Joseph has helped lead Houston to the NFL’s seventh ranked pass defense with 57 tackles, 9 passes defensed and two interceptions (one for a touchdown) in 13 games played.
Watt (6-5, 288) followed up his rookie season with a season for the ages in 2012. Watt leads the NFL with a franchise-record 20.5 sacks. He leads the team with 103 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 41 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 15 passes defensed. His 35.5 combined sacks and passes defensed are the most in a season since passes defensed were officially tracked in 1991. He is the only player to record at least 15 sacks and 15 passes defensed in the same season.
Watt was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September after leading the NFL in sacks with 7.5. He collected 10 quarterback hits, five passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries in helping the Texans to a 4-0 record. Watt was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after tallying 1.5 sacks for 11 yards, a fumble recovery, and two passes defensed in Week 2 at Jacksonville.
Watt earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for a second time this season following his performance vs. Indianapolis on Dec. 16. Watt tallied 10 solo tackles, three sacks, six tackles for loss, and a forced fumble against the Colts. It marked his second three-sack performance of the season and the eighth multi-sack game of his career.
Texans OLB Bryan Braman, FB James Casey, TE Owen Daniels, SS Danieal Manning and DE Antonio Smith were named as alternates for the AFC squad.
Houston Texans in the Pro Bowl
Player Position Season Career Selections
Duane Brown* T 2012 First
Arian Foster* RB 2012 Third
Andre Johnson* WR 2012 Sixth
Johnathan Joseph* CB 2012 Second
Chris Myers C 2012 Second
Matt Schaub QB 2012 Second
Wade Smith G 2012 First
J.J. Watt* DE 2012 First
Arian Foster RB 2011 Second
Johnathan Joseph CB 2011 First
Chris Myers C 2011 First
Antonio Smith DE 2011 First
Arian Foster RB 2010 First
Andre Johnson* WR 2010 Fifth
Vonta Leach* FB 2010 First
Matt Schaub*# QB 2009 First
Brian Cushing LB 2009 First
Andre Johnson* WR 2009 Fourth
DeMeco Ryans LB 2009 Second
Mario Williams DE 2009 Second
Owen Daniels TE 2008 First
Andre Johnson* WR 2008 Third
Mario Williams* DE 2008 First
DeMeco Ryans* LB 2007 First
Andre Johnson* WR 2006 Second
Jerome Mathis WR 2005 First
Andre Johnson WR 2004 First
Aaron Glenn* CB 2002 Third
Gary Walker* DE 2002 Second
* denotes Pro Bowl starter
# denotes Pro Bowl MVP