Houston Texans: Greatest all-time players in franchise history
By Randy Gurzi
10. Chris Myers, Center
Center Chris Myers was brought over in 2008 in a sign-and-trade deal with the Denver Broncos and started every game for the next seven years for the Texans. He made the Pro-Bowl in 2011 and 2012 as the centerpiece to the Texans solid run-blocking line.
After the 2014 season, Myers was let go in favor of the youth movement head coach Bill O’Brien implemented. While Ben Jones played fine in his absence, he ended up leaving and they have yet to find the kind of consistency he brought.
9. Mario Williams, Defensive End
Everyone thought it would be running back Reggie Bush as the top selection in the 2006 NFL draft, but Houston shocked everyone by taking Mario Williams instead. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive end was slow to get going but wound up becoming a star for Houston.
The best season as a Texan for Williams was his second season when he had 59 tackles and 14 sacks. He followed that year up with 12 more sacks in 2008 and made his first Pro Bowl.
He made two pro bowls for Houston and then made two in his first three seasons after leaving for the Buffalo Bills. Even though he didn’t finish his career with Houston, he proved he was the better pick than the consensus selection of Bush.
8. Brian Cushing, Linebacker
Brian Cushing, the first-round pick out of USC came into the league looking like a man possessed and finished his rookie campaign with 86 solo tackles, 47 assists and four interceptions and sacks apiece. Once again Houston had a Rookie of the Year as Cushing looked to be one of the best linebackers in the league.
Unfortunately, freak injuries limited him and after 2011, he only played 16 games one more time — which came in 2015. Cushing also found himself on the wrong side of the league’s substance-abuse policy more than once, but none of that takes away from how good he was when he did play.