Who Are the Top 10 Houston Texans of the Decade?

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SEATTLE, WA – OCTOBER 29: Defensive end Dwight Freeney
SEATTLE, WA – OCTOBER 29: Defensive end Dwight Freeney /

4. Duane Brown 

(2010-2017): 101 games played, 4-time Pro Bowler, 1st Team All-Pro

While Andre Johnson was widely regarded as one of the best premier playmakers at his position throughout the entirety of his Texan tenure, another costar often went unmentioned.

Offensive linemen rarely get the respect they deserve for plowing through the trenches every single snap, and Duane Brown was the epitome of an all-time bookend left tackle.

Brown was drafted No. 26 overall out of Virginia Tech in 2008, and he quickly skyrocketed to become one of the best left tackles in all of football. The Texans have historically fallen victim to extreme sack numbers coming from opposing defenses, which is why having a 6-4, 315-pound behemoth protecting your QB is more valuable than most people realize.

In eight years with the Texans, Brown only had six holding penalties, which current left tackle Laremy Tunsil has already eclipsed this season.

At one point between 2015-2016, Brown went multiple seasons without allowing a sack coming from the left side, which is even more impressive considering the quarterback like Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett and Brock Osweiler that were trotted out.

Though Brown did not leave the team in the most pleasant of circumstances, Brown still remains one of the most highly regarded offensive linemen in both recent NFL and Texans history.