By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610

Houston (CBS Houston) –Former Houston Texans’ teammates Chester Pitts and Ephraim Salaam will team up again for CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” the network announced Wednesday.

Pitts and Salaam were Texans teammates for three seasons (2006-2009). Now, the offensive linemen will compete against 10 other teams for $1 million on the new season of CBS’s reality game show, which premieres September 29.

The two teammates have always been fan favorites, but they go back even further than the NFL.

Salaam was the person that Pitts says encouraged him to play football as a walk-on at San Diego State University, seen here in a commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLII.

Pitts, 33, was a second round draft choice by the Texans in the 2002 draft. From 2002 to 2008, he started every Texans game. Pitts ended his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. He currently serves as a sports analyst/anchor for KPRC.

Salaam, 36, joined the Texans in 2006 after stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars. The tackle returned to Houston after playing for Detroit in 2009, to finish his career with the Texans in 2010. Salaam is now co-hosting for “Fox Sports Live” on Fox Sports 1.

The nine-time Emmy award winning reality television show premieres at 7 p.m. on September 29.

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi


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