Time flies in the NFL: The Houston Texans’ very first game, a Sunday night win over the Cowboys, feels like a fresh memory to me. And yet the Texans sent out a reminder today that they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.
The Texans’ announcement noted that the players will wear a patch on their jerseys with a 10th anniversary logo, and they’ll commemorate memorable events from their first year in the NFL, starting with a celebration today of the Texans’ expansion draft, which took place on February 18, 2002.
In the expansion draft, the Texans selected 19 players from 14 other NFL teams, and today Aaron Glenn, a Pro Bowl cornerback who joined the Texans via the expansion draft, will be at Reliant Stadium to kick off the Texans’ 10th anniversary season. (There probably won’t be much mention of the fact that aside from Glenn, the Texans had more misses than hits in the expansion draft: The top two choices in that draft were tackles Tony Boselli and Ryan Young, who played zero and nine games, respectively, in a Texans uniform.)
Whatever else they do to celebrate in 2012, the Texans have already started the year off by doing what the Texans’ loyal fans waited 10 years for them to do: Reach the playoffs.