Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Tate named to the USA Today All-Joe Team

Houston Texans running back Ben Tate was recently named this week to the 22nd annual USA Today All-Joe team.

USA Today describes the All-Joe team as:

“USA TODAY Sports’ All-Joe team was created in 1992 by longtime NFL writer Larry Weisman as a tribute to Joe Phillips, a 14-year defensive lineman who did yeoman’s work for the Kansas City Chiefs that season  …. USA TODAY Sports has honored the unsung Joes ever since and compiles them in a 53-man roster that has at least one representative from every NFL team. Only players who have never been named to the Pro Bowl are eligible.”

Tate is the perfect representative of the Texans for this list. I love how he gutted out the season, playing a majority of it with four broken ribs, especially on a team that was the worst in the NFL at 2-14 overall, with 14 consecutive losses.

The running back of the Texans is a free agent this offseason, and he’s probably going to the team that will offer him the highest contract, which I don’t blame him.

Tate finished the seasons with 771 yards on 181 carries with four touchdowns.

I said he should be the team MVP at the close of the 2013 regular season, and I also believe it is a mistake for the Texans to let him walk with the uncertainty of Arian Foster recovering 100 percent from his back surgery.

Tate fits the bill as an All-Joe type of player.

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