Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – In the wake of his retirement, Andre Johnson has been making a victory lap through Houston on a storied career. His latest stop was with the Triple Threat on SportsRadio 610. Andre shed some light on the move to Houston that changed his life.
“I didn’t really know what to expect when I got here. My first few years after the season was over my house was packed. I was going back to Miami… I wouldn’t come back until offseason workouts. So probably after my third year, I started staying around a little more during the offseason,” Johnson said.
It was his time in Houston that made him want to stay a Texan. Andre admitted that Miami will always be home, but his heart belonged to Houston. This in part is thanks to his family making the move with him.
“You know, I just eventually started growing to love the city. It got to a point to where I barely used to go back home… Before I knew it my mom was looking for a house here. My brother moved here.”
After a long fourteen year career, twelve of which he spent with the Texans, Andre looked to a Hall of Fame player for direction. While spending some time in Denver he met Jerry Rice for the first time. Jerry gave Andre some advice that he would never forget.
“I just asked him what kept him going, what motivated him to keep playing. He was just like ‘You know Andre, I can always take coaching. I don’t have a problem with people telling me I’m doing something wrong,’ and things like that,” Johnson said.
“When he told me that, I’ve always been that way. I never became too big to where I felt like no one could tell me anything. I used to tell the rookies, ‘If I do something wrong, tell me.’ We’re here to make each other better.”
Former Head Coach Gary Kubiak also joined the show as a surprise to Andre. Kubiak called him “a beast”, but more importantly he loved the unselfishness that Johnson brought to the team. His impact was felt on the field and in the organization.
“Obviously getting started there in Houston, you know, he was our guy. Everybody knew where the ball was coming. I asked more of Andre probably than any other player I’ve ever coached,” Gary said. “He gave to the Texan organization day-in and day-out, season-in and season-out.”
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