Dec 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) scores a touchdown against Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Dwayne Gratz (27) during the game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Andre Johnson – WR – 2003-2015
For me, this one was a no-brainer. Andre Johnson was the star of the Houston Texans for most of their existence, and while his departure still stings, his legacy is very important to the team.
Listing all of Johnson’s accolades, awards, and records would be exhausting, but he has been one of the NFL’s top receivers for many years. He’s a 7 time Pro-Bowler, 2 time First-Team All Pro player, 2 time NFL receiving yards leader, and ranks 9th all time in receptions and 13th all time in yards in the NFL.
Johnson will go down as one of Houston’s most successful draft picks (no. 3 overall in 2003), and one of the team’s best overall players. Few players have had as much success with a single team as Johnson has. In fact only Jerry Rice (49ers), Isaac Bruce (Rams), Marvin Harrison (Colts), and Reggie Wayne (Colts) have had more yards with a single team than Johnson had with the Texans.
Johnson’s big games, ridiculous catches, and spectacular stats could fill up an entire page, but I think his impact on the team cannot be displayed on paper, but instead is evidenced through the way he helped to develop the team into something much greater than it was when he joined.
The Texans may not have the most storied history in the league, but these five players are, in my opinion, the greatest to ever line up for the team on the offensive side of the field. Hopefully some current players will soon become worthy of being added to this list, and Houston can richen it’s legacy even more.