NFL Draft: Houston Texans best 15 picks of all-time
Dec 21, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
2. Andre Johnson – Wide Receiver, Miami; 2003 1st round 3rd overall selection
The first player ever taken by the Houston Texans was quarterback David Carr out of Fresno State in 2002, their first season in existence. In 2003, they got Carr a true weapon with their third overall pick in receiver Andre Johnson, out of Miami.
Carr was supposed to be the face of the franchise and the focal point of their offense. It didn’t take long to realize that Carr was never going to be anything but average for the Texans and the true face of their franchise was none other than Johnson.
He recorded his first 1,000 yard receiving season in just his second year when he brought in 79 catches for 1,142 yards. He had his first 100 reception season in 2006, when he grabbed 103 passes for 1,147 yards.
After 12 years in Houston, he moved on to Indianapolis but is the franchise leader in all the important categories for the Texans. He left Houston after catching 1,012 passes for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns.
Even better than his play on the field was his desire to help off the field. Johnson made a habit of taking kids shopping every year. He took underprivileged children and gave them 80 seconds (he wore jersey number 80) to grab whatever they could from a toy shelf.
Classy on and off the field, Johnson is an easy choice to be one of the best two draft picks ever by the Texans franchise.
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