Houston Texans Dream Team: All-Time Starting Lineup

J.J. Watt Houston Texans (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Kareem Jackson, Houston Texans, Johnathan Joseph
Kareem Jackson Houston Texans Johnathan Joseph (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans Secondary

SS: Quintin Demps — During the 2010-12 and 15-16 seasons, Quintin Demps was one of the better safeties to play for the Houston Texans, as he was all over the field wherever the ball went. Demps played in 50 games with the Texans. During that time frame, Demps ended his Texans career with nine interceptions, putting him seventh all-time in franchise history.

Demps is another player who needed to be remembered for all he gave with the Texans, and that includes his 222 solo tackles, 44 passes defensed and even his four forced fumbles.

FS: Andre Hal — One of the most popular players for all he accomplished on and off the field for the Texans, Andre Hal is the free safety in this all-time starting lineup. Hal retired early after battling and defeating non Hodgkin’s lymphoma, retiring after the 2018 season.

Hal in his Texans career totaled 40 starts (69 total games) with 12 interceptions, one int return for touchdown, 31 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one sack, 130 solo tackles, six tackles for loss and two QB hits. It would have been exciting if Hal had been able to continue to play in the NFL, but he’s did more than enough to be remembered with the greatest Texans players of all-time.

CB: Johnathan Joseph — The tenure of Johnathan Joseph with the Houston Texans just ended this offseason after nine years with the franchise (2011-19) both parties have moved on. That said, all that Joseph did with the Texans while with the team easily puts him on this list of all-time greats.

Joseph is the greatest cornerback in franchise history, as he played 133 games in Houston, with 128 of those games being starts. In that span, Joseph had 421 solo tackles and 118 passes defensed, and it is where he became the top player he is after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006.

With 17 interceptions, Joseph is the all-time leader in interceptions in franchise history, and within those he has four pick-six returns. Joseph also has two interceptions in the playoffs and has been selected to two Pro Bowls. Joseph was a true team leader with the Texans, and there is no doubt he is in this lineup.

CB: Kareem Jackson — The second all-time leader in interceptions for the Texans is Kareem Jackson as the second-best cornerback to play for the franchise has 16 picks (three for touchdowns) when he was on the team. Jackson played from 2010-18 with the team before the two went their different ways.

Though the ending wasn’t the best, his tenure with the franchise puts him as one of the two starters at cornerback. Jackson played the fifth-most games in franchise history with that number being 132. In that time, he had six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 468 solo tackles and 88 passes defensed as he also starts 124 of the 132 games played. Jackson was named PFF second-team All-Pro in 2018.