Top Ten Players in Houston Texans History

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As the Houston Texans enter their bye week this week, let’s take a look at the top ten players to ever put on a Texans uniform.

TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 21: Cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans makes an interception on a pass intended for Wide Receiver Breshad Perriman #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. The Texans defeated the Buccaneers 23 to 20. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

10. Johnathan Joseph

Johnathan Joseph was one of the best cornerbacks to play for the Texans. Joseph played for the Texans throughout the 2011-19 season. Joseph became the Texans franchise leader in interceptions and interceptions for touchdowns with 17 interceptions, four returned for a touchdown.

Joseph made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012 with the Texans.

Joseph and the Texans mutually agreed to move on following the end of the 2019 season

9. Matt Schaub

Perhaps one of the best quarterbacks to play for the Texans was Matt Schaub. Schaub was with the Texans from 2007-2013, making the playoffs twice in that span but playing in the postseason once in 2012.

Schaub holds the Texans record for most passing yards and passing touchdowns by a quarterback with 23,221 and 124 touchdowns.

Schaub would eventually be traded to the (then) Oakland Raiders following his worst season to date in 2013.

8. Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing is one of my favorite Texans of all time, but he’s not quite top five. Cushing played for the Texans all of his career from 2009-17. Cushing won the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year award in 2009 and made the Pro Bowl that season as well.

Cushing tied the Texans’ record for tackles in a single game with 14 against the New York Giants in 2014.

Brian would eventually retire in 2017 during an investigation by the NFL on performance-enhancing drugs.

HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 05: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans talks with Christian Covington #95 in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during the Wild Card Round at NRG Stadium on January 5, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

7. Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney was selected 1st overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Texans. Clowney played exceptionally well when he was healthy, making the left side of the Texans’ defensive line a nightmare for opposing offenses.

Clowney during his five-year tenure with Houston recorded 29 sacks, four forced fumbles, and 205 tackles. The only downside about Clowney is that he couldn’t stay healthy.

Clowney would eventually be traded to the Seattle Seahawks before the 2019 season.

6. Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson was drafted 12th overall by the Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft. Watson proved to be the quarterback that the Texans had needed for years.

Watson was on pace to become the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 2017 before suffering a season-ending injury. Watson has been with Houston his entire career, making the Pro Bowl from 2018-2020.

Deshaun is 1-2 all-time in the postseason and set the Texans franchise record for touchdown passed by a rookie with 19.

5. Duane Brown

Duane Brown was the best offensive lineman the Texans have ever had. Brown played in Houston from 2008-17. Duane recorded just one holding penalty during his first four seasons in the NFL.

Brown ended his tenure with the Texans in 2017 during a season holdout due to him wanting his contract restructured. Brown would only appear in one game for the Texans that year: week seven against the Seahawks, whom he would be traded to the next day.

4. DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the league today and rightfully so. Hopkins played in Houston from 2013-19, making the Pro Bowl in five of those seasons.

After the retirement of Andre Johnson, Hopkins became the main receiver for the Texans. He set the single-season team record for 11 touchdowns in a season.

Hopkins would eventually be traded to the Cardinals before the 2020 season.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 25: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans carries the ball during a NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

3. Arian Foster

Arian Foster was without a doubt, the best runningback in Texans history. Foster played for the Texans from 2009-15 and became the first Texans player to finish four or more seasons with 1,000 or more rushing yards.

Foster lead the league in 2010 with 1,616 yards and 16 touchdowns. Foster would make the Pro Bowl four times during his tenure with the Texans before eventually joining the Miami Dolphins.

2. J.J Watt

The best defensive player in Texans history belongs to none other than J.J Watt. Watt was one of the hardest players to block with Houston. He had his best season yet in 2014 in which he had 20.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, one interception for a touchdown, even racking up three offensive touchdowns.

Watt is a three-time defensive player of the year, four-time All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowler, and even won the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

Honorbale Mentions

With so much talent not included on this list, here are some notable names left off.

David Carr, Whitney Mercilus, Mario Williams, Shane Lechler, Owen Daniels, Lamar Miller, and Will Fuller.

1. Andre Johnson

Andre “Dre” Johnson is by far the best Texans player of all time. Johnson is on the ballot for the NFL Hall of Fame in 2022 and it’s no question why. Johnson played for the Texans from 2003-14 in which he racked up seven Pro Bowl appearances, four All-Pros.

Johnson set the Texans’ records in receiving yards with 13,597 as well as 64 touchdowns and 1,012 receptions, both of which are Texans’ records.

Johnson would eventually be released by the Texans following the 2014 season in which he played one season for the Indianapolis Colts and Tennesse Titans before signing a one-day deal with the Texans to retire a Texan.

Johnson would also be inducted into the Texans Ring of Honor in 2017.

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HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 8: Exterior of NRG Stadium, Home of the Houston Texans before a game against the Denver Broncos at NRG Stadium on December 8, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Broncos defeated the Texans 38-24. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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