Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) passes against the Denver Broncos during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Broncos won 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Schaub got us to believe, and for that we thank him

Matt Schaub is no longer a Houston Texan, and this is good.

Good for him as his time in Houston came to a dreary end and he deserves a fresh start. Good for the team as now we are looking forward instead of holding on to the past.

Before we say farewell for good to Mr. Schaub, let us look back on the good things he did for our Texans and the city of Houston.

When former head coach Gary Kubiak went after some “back up from Atlanta” to lead his offense, there was mixed reaction. Atlanta had Michael Vick under center and the Texans needed someone other then David Carr to carry the team. At first, success seemed still out of reach. However, week in and week out, Andre Johnson kept hauling ‘em in and Schaub brought something to Houston we’ve longed lacked, hope. Hope that our football team would rise.

The 2011 season will go down as a “could have been” season. It could have been the year the Texans went all the way but for the mass of one Albert Haynsworth landing on Schaubs foot wrong.

We learned what a “lisfranc fracture” was and pulled for a young T.J. Yates to carry on the success Schaub started. We got a playoff win, and a heart wrenching loss to Baltimore. We started to believe. To believe that it was our time. That belief started with the play of Matt Schaub.

The 2012 campaign began with people wondering if the Texans were legit, if Schaub really was capable of recovering from his injury, and taking the Texans to the Super Bowl.

For 12 glorious weeks, the Texans were the hottest team in football. Schaub was playing the best football of his career. Then came New England. Schaub was never the same after the Patriots derailed the Texans. The 2012 season started with a roar, but ended with a whimper for mercy at the hands of the Patriots in the playoffs.

We looked to 2013 for answers and for two games, hope that 2012’s end was a fluke. Sadly instead of rekindling hope, the season brought misery to all parties involved.

Through it all, Schaub has been a class act. Let’s be honest it was emotional time for the team, the city and it’s fans. You couldn’t ask for a more professional guy than Matt Schaub as the team went through what the Texans experienced.

Matt and his wife have done good work in the city through various charity events. Number 8 made us believe in the Texans and that hope burns bright today. Matt, thank you for everything, this isn’t how anyone anticipated your departure. Your time in Houston has come to a close, but I believe good things await you in Oakland.

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