Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans finally have a player to hang their hat on. Well, they actually had that player for 12 years, it’s just he’s not retired. Former first-round pick Andre Johnson retired a few weeks ago, and now the talk has been how will the Texans honor him? Johnson holds every major receiving record for the Texans and is arguably the best player the franchise has ever had.
At an event where he and former teammate DeMeco Ryans were helping get Thanksgiving dinners for 1500 underprivileged families Johnson told Fox 26’s Mark Berman he would love to retire as a member of the Houston Texans.
“I think it would be a great thing if it happens,” Johnson said of possibly signing a 1-day contract with the team that drafted him. “Hopefully it will happen. I know they’re busy with their season now. We’ll just see what happens.”
Johnson played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2015, and for eight games with the Tennessee Titans in 2016 before announcing his retirement from the league.
A young franchise the Texans never had a player produce the way Johnson did in his career in Houston, and that could mean that the team decides to start their tradition of honoring former players who made a big impact. Whether that would be a ring of honor or by retiring numbers, Johnson would love to be honored by his former team.
“It would mean a lot,” Johnson said. “Even though I ended up playing for two (other) teams, I’m always a Texan at heart. I always still watched their games, I still kept in touch with the guys. It was always fun to come back in and play against those guys. Guys you built relationships with and went to battle with. If that was to happen it would be great. It would be a great feeling. It’s something I would be very excited about.”
We reached out to the Texans for comment on Andre Johnson and the possibility of him signing a 1-day contract and have yet to hear back from them.