November 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) is tackled by Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) during the second half of a game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. The Texans won 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Andre Johnson named AFC offensive player of the month.


Any talks of Andre Johnson being too old, or no longer being himself, should be put to rest. Johnson has been rewarded the November AFC Player of the Month after posting 35 catches for 614 yards.

Recently there were talks of Andre Johnson being too old and not playing the way he had for most of his career. His performance this past month should silence those critics. He set an NFL record for most receiving yards for a two game stretch with 461 yards, including a franchise record 14 catches for 273 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 273 yards demolished his old career high for receiving yards in a game. He followed that performance with a 188 yard game against Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. Before the month of November he had 34 catches for 444 yards. He now has 1,058 yards (3rd in the NFL) on 69 catches (6th in the NFL).

Andre Johnson is now on pace for a 1,500 yard receiving season, which would be the third of his career. That would tie him with Marvin Harrison for second most 1,500 yard receiving seasons in NFL history, leaving only Jerry Rice ahead of them with four. As Johnson’s career continues, another 1500 yard season would only help his résumé for the Hall of Fame.

Johnson joins J.J. Watt in the Texans Players of the Month Award for the 2012 season. Congratulations, Andre Johnson, and here is to hoping he has another month like November, which was one to remember.