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Dec 16, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) smiles after the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 29-17. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Best Season Ever

That’s right, you see the title of this article.

The 2012 Texans campaign was the best season of all time and there is nobody who can convince me otherwise…

Let’s leave the 1993 Oilers-like choking of the number one seed in the AFC at the door, and let us all just take a look at THE greatest season in Houston Texans history. Forget about the losing streak and forget these last few weeks of disappointment. Need I remind you the Texans had only one winning season (2009 9-7) and two .5oo seasons (2007, 2008) before last year’s 10-6 season. Last season was also was their first venture into the playoffs. All the years of pain and suffering we witnessed, all the losing seasons, and the seemingly never ending taste of defeat, have now been brought to an end with two back to back playoff appearances.

This season was a pay off to most of the dedicated fans. That includes the fans who pay tribute to their team every Sunday, packing Reliant Park and Reliant Stadium;  those who take trips across the nation to support their Texans behind enemy lines, as well as those glued to their televisions cheering on their favorite team. This is the season they have been waiting for.

I think we’re too quick to forget the previous 8-7 years of futility and mediocrity to truly appreciate what unfolded before our eyes this season. I don’t care what any critic has to say about facing a top tier opponent at their worst, i.e Denver in week 3. This season was by far the best season in terms of success for the Texans franchise. While the 2011 campaign had a high level of excitement, this season, in my opinion, is greater as far as their record and accomplishments.

People who booed during the games where they struggled obviously do not remember the horrible football fans had to watch in the Astrodome. For that, I am thankful that the Texans have found great success.

How appropriate that the Texans celebrate their tenth anniversary with not only a winning season, but their best season to date. Super Bowl or not, we can always look at this year and be proud of how it happened, no matter the outcome. Fans should be thankful that the Texans had a better season than other teams in the NFL who did not make the playoffs.

Whether or not the Texans are successful in the playoffs is irrelevant right now. All that matters is that 20 other teams will be watching the Texans on Saturday as they make their second consecutive playoff appearance.

Be proud of what the team has accomplished. Do not  dwell of the negatives, losing is a part of the game. Embrace the gift that was the 2012 NFL season, it has not ended yet. I cannot wait for the start of 2013.

– Richard Perez

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