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It’s Texans Mt. Rushmore nomination time

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Plenty of Titans fans complained when we lumped the Houston Oilers in with the Tennessee Mt. Rushmore.  They think the all-time great Oilers stayed in Houston, and that the Texans should inherit them for the purposes of figuring out the best four.

We’d agree — if the franchise known as the Oilers hadn’t moved to Tennessee and remained the Oilers for several years before becoming the Titans.

So Houston gets the Texans, and the Texans only.

Which means that it’s time for Houstonians to nominate their favorite Texans for the team’s Mt. Rushmore, based on only 11 years in league.

Andre Johnson gets the front corner.  We’ll let you figure out the rest of them.

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83 Responses to “It’s Texans Mt. Rushmore nomination time”
  1. biscojay says: May 17, 2013 8:59 AM

    This “Mt. Rushmore” thing should be limited to teams who’ve actually won something

  2. modellforprez says: May 17, 2013 9:01 AM

    schauby, mario williams and that Man swat JJ Watt. you got beef i got beef

  3. blacknole08 says: May 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    Andre Johnson
    J.J. Watt
    Arian Foster
    Bob McNair

  4. jturner71 says: May 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    Cushing, Foster, Mario Williams, Andre Johnson

  5. Andrew Bailey says: May 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, JJ Watt, and… uh… Owen Daniels?

  6. dalanz28 says: May 17, 2013 9:04 AM

    Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, JJ Watt, Bob McNair

  7. atthemurph says: May 17, 2013 9:05 AM

    David Carr goes first.

  8. atthemurph says: May 17, 2013 9:06 AM

    The the Wisconsin boys:

    J.J. Watt
    Owen Daniels
    Garrett Graham

  9. evilglazers666 says: May 17, 2013 9:06 AM

    Andre Johnson
    DeMeco Ryans
    Mario Williams
    Dunta Robinson

  10. greglloydrules says: May 17, 2013 9:07 AM

    Andre Johnson
    Arian Foster
    Mario Williams
    Owen Daniels

  11. mobuccsfan says: May 17, 2013 9:08 AM

    David Carr? No but seriously

    Andre Johnson without a doubt
    The rest I would have to say are for now/moving forward as this is the only team where it is too early to really tell but here they are IMO:

    Arian Foster
    JJ Watt
    Owen Daniels
    Duane Brown

    And HM/Possible: Mario Williams

  12. snoop0323 says: May 17, 2013 9:09 AM

    andre johnnson and 3 players to be named later

  13. jack3dsd says: May 17, 2013 9:09 AM

    Ahman Green

  14. andrewjaxx says: May 17, 2013 9:10 AM

    Foster, Cushing, Watt

  15. fins33 says: May 17, 2013 9:11 AM

    Foster, Schuab, Watt. Easiest question ever.

  16. fairbanksflame says: May 17, 2013 9:12 AM

    Johnson, Watt, Foster, Cushing… Demeco on da reserve list for next in line…

  17. jimb031 says: May 17, 2013 9:12 AM

    Johnson
    Watt
    Foster
    Ryans

  18. rayray52 says: May 17, 2013 9:13 AM

    Andre Johnson
    Jj watt
    Brian Cushing
    Dante Robinson

  19. micknangold says: May 17, 2013 9:16 AM

    Andre, Mario, Watt, Schaub. Some of you might not like Schaub, but he’s a former pro bowler and has a passing title.

  20. sucram619 says: May 17, 2013 9:18 AM

    JJ Watt! Arian Foster! And Gary Kubiak! He turned this franchise around

  21. fairbanksflame says: May 17, 2013 9:20 AM

    Oh yea, Vonte Leach is in a juggle with Ryans da fa next spot…

  22. ss9boxer says: May 17, 2013 9:22 AM

    A.Johnson

  23. wjcain23 says: May 17, 2013 9:24 AM

    1. Andre Johnson
    2. Andre Johnson
    3. Andre Johnson
    4. Andre Johnson

  24. wjcain23 says: May 17, 2013 9:25 AM

    seriously, though:

    1. Andre Johnson
    2. Bob McNair (he did bring football back to Houston…)
    3. Arian Foster
    4. JJ Watt

  25. texansdude says: May 17, 2013 9:26 AM

    From the left to right,
    Andre, as you said.
    Owen Daniels – this team existed without a real TE five years before he arrived. His arrival was parallel to the offense’s birth.
    TJ Yates – the figurehead of Next Man Up in the 2011 season. Also, led the miracle drive in Cincy that wrapped up the first playoff berth AND division title.
    Bob McNair – deserves it for bringing the team back to Houston. Hell, he deserves it for keeping his cool while the NFL kissed the rears of two incompetent LA proposals, and won in the end.

    Truth is, there will be better in the future. This is the best I think they have for now.

  26. istateyourname says: May 17, 2013 9:26 AM

    The future is wide open…

    1) TBA
    2) TBA
    3) TBA
    4) TBA

    By the time they get done chiseling the other teams mountains, maybe the Texans will have somebody…

  27. naterooni says: May 17, 2013 9:30 AM

    Right now I would say:

    Andre Johnson (obvious best WR)
    Arian Foster (obvious best RB)
    J.J. Watt (’12 Def Player of the Year)
    Bob McNair (Brought football back to Houston)

    If Kubiak could get the Texans to a Superbowl, he would jump on. Rick Smith may deserve a nod too for his front office work in rebuilding the nightmare he inherited in 05.

  28. dcbronco says: May 17, 2013 9:33 AM

    Johnson, Foster, Gary Kubiak and GM Rick Smith.

  29. 3lmt says: May 17, 2013 9:38 AM

    Um…

    Andre Johnson
    Arian Foster
    Matt Shaub
    Mario Williams

    ???

  30. jimmyt says: May 17, 2013 9:41 AM

    Not enough history.

  31. raqaiw says: May 17, 2013 9:44 AM

    1. Jacques Reeves
    2.Tony Mandarich
    3.Steve Slaton
    4.Sage Rosenfels

    Bonus: Peyton Manning for owning the team for most of their existence.

  32. holdup08 says: May 17, 2013 9:44 AM

    Andre Johnson, Gary Kubiak, Arian Foster, Dominick Davis/Williams

  33. krank00 says: May 17, 2013 9:45 AM

    1. Andre Johnson – H.O.F>
    2. Bob McNair – The owner that brought respectability to Houston football after the double barreled baffoon moved his team.
    3. Gary Kubiak – local boy grows up to be the head coach of a perrenial loser and gets them to the playoffs.
    4. Rick Smith – his player evaluation had turned this club around

    Honorable Mention. J.J. Watt – A little early for this guy but dang he has H.O.L written all over him. Replaces Kubiak or Smith in a few years. The better Rick Smith does his job the sooner he, Kubiak and Mr.McNair are all replaced on this list.

  34. gochargersgo says: May 17, 2013 9:51 AM

    1. Andre Johnson
    2. Andre Johnson’s fist
    3. Cortland Finnegan’s bruised and bloodied face
    4. Andre’s Johnson

  35. twilson962 says: May 17, 2013 9:52 AM

    Obviously Andre Johnson gets on. Arian Foster probably deserves a spot too. I’m lost for the rest… Maybe Schaub. Probably Mario Williams. McNair for getting Houston a team… Um… Kubiak for being the only coach to take them to the playoffs.

    Check back in 25-30 years.

  36. kingfish08 says: May 17, 2013 9:57 AM

    Andre johnson
    Arian foster
    Duane brown
    Jj watt

  37. siggtacular says: May 17, 2013 10:03 AM

    Matt Schaub
    JJ Watt
    Andre Johnson
    Arian Foster

  38. whysomanylosers says: May 17, 2013 10:05 AM

    After Andre Johnson I got nothing.

  39. mikefont says: May 17, 2013 10:11 AM

    Andre Johnson
    Arian Foster
    J.J. Watt
    Brian Cushing

    Special mention…Schaub & DeMeco Ryans. And if we win a Super Bowl, and he has an impact on getting us there….Ed Reed

    And to you people mentioning Mario Williams…he did NOTHING here, so dont drink that Cool-aid!

  40. mcgheestopher says: May 17, 2013 10:14 AM

    1. Andre Johnson
    2. J.J. Watt
    3. DeMeco Ryans
    4. Arian Foster

  41. flavadave10 says: May 17, 2013 10:16 AM

    Andre Johnson
    Arian Foster
    Matt Schaub
    Bob McNair

    With all due respect to J.J. Watt, he’s been in the league for 2 seasons. Too soon to put him on a list like this IMO. Not taking anything away from him as a player, he’s incredible.

  42. philo13181 says: May 17, 2013 10:16 AM

    Bud Adams

  43. 23chameleons says: May 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    As far as players, everyone is spot on that it’s Andre Johnson and 3 players entering the prime of their careers in Arian Foster, JJ Watt and Duane Brown with an honorable mention to Mario Williams. You could TRY to put Kubiak but he was on the hot seat twice so far. You could put GM Rick Smith who has hit a bunch of home runs lately. You could put McNair who did an outstanding job of getting the franchise and getting the Houston community behind it (we picked the name, colors, logo and even the cheerleaders !). A state of the art facility set the bar and allowed us to have the first ever Super Bowl in Houston.

  44. bcgreg says: May 17, 2013 10:21 AM

    At this point,

    Andre Johnson only

    This franchise is too young to put 4 guys up. Maybe when all is said and done, you could add Watt and Foster.

  45. jlneil30 says: May 17, 2013 10:27 AM

    1. Andre Johnson
    2. JJ Watt
    3. Andre Johnson
    4. Andre Johnson

    Seriously, I love what Watt has done for the franchise so far. However, Johnson’s been there for most of the franchise’s existence, has been a top-10 all-time calibur receiver, and will be their first Hall-of-Famer.

    There is no player, and maybe only a dozen or so others in league history, that are more synonymous with their team than Johnson to the Texans.

  46. jacunn2000 says: May 17, 2013 10:28 AM

    1. David Carr
    2. Travis Johnson
    3. Omobi Akoye
    4. Tony Hollings

  47. bluenose1965 says: May 17, 2013 10:29 AM

    Andre Johnson
    Arian Foster
    JJ Watt
    Duane Brown

  48. 23chameleons says: May 17, 2013 10:31 AM

    biscojay says: May 17, 2013 8:59 AM

    This “Mt. Rushmore” thing should be limited to teams who’ve actually won something
    ________________________________

    So winning division titles doesn’t qualify as winning anything ? If you’re referring to SB’s, only 18 teams have won one. But I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the individual effort of these guys who are putting their bodies on the line, giving heart and soul for our entertainment and fanatical fandom.

    How many combined SB’s did Hall of Famers Barry Sanders, Kellen Winslow Sr., Ozzie Newsome, Earl Campbell, Dan Fouts, Warren Moon, Dick Butkus, OJ Simpson, Gayle Sayers play in (not won, play in) ?

    Zero.

    But since they didn’t win “anything”, by your standards, they must not be worthy. Answer the door, that’s Mensa knocking …

  49. seanpbeck says: May 17, 2013 10:38 AM

    Here’s a way to solve a few voting problems and the inherent Texans problem:

    Mount Rushmores shouldn’t all necessarily be divided by franchises. There should be a Rushmore for each of the following.

    NFL in Houston (Oilers, Texans)
    NFL in St. Louis (St. Louis Cards, St. Louis Rams)
    NFL in Baltimore (Baltimore Colts, Ravens)
    L.A. Rams
    Indianapolis Colts
    Tennessee Titans
    Arizona Cardinals

    I don’t think the Raiders need two entries or any franchises that weren’t in a town for a significant amount of time (that’s why we have the 50 year L.A. Rams but no Cleveland Rams).

  50. z561 says: May 17, 2013 10:43 AM

    Travis Johnson, Seth Wand, David Carr, CC Brown.

  51. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 17, 2013 10:44 AM

    A Johnson
    W Moon
    Campbell
    A Foster

  52. apmn says: May 17, 2013 11:12 AM

    Andre Johnson
    Aaron Glenn (didn’t spend most of his career with them but had a big impact at the start of the franchise and is a hometown guy)
    Arian Foster
    JJ Watt

  53. supesfan34 says: May 17, 2013 11:31 AM

    Andre Johnson
    Arian Foster
    Matt Schaub
    Gary Kubiak

  54. mazblast says: May 17, 2013 11:52 AM

    23chameleons says: May 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    A state of the art facility set the bar and allowed us to have the first ever Super Bowl in Houston.
    ———————————-
    Uh, no. Super Bowl VIII was played in Houston IIRC. Yes, I’m that old.

    Getting back to the subject–

    Andre Johnson
    Bob McNair

    Beyond that, not enough history.

  55. atepper001 says: May 17, 2013 12:11 PM

    Johnson
    McNair
    Foster
    and leave the 4th empty and waiting for Watt someday.

    If Cushing wants in, he needs to go up there holding a needle.

  56. hess97 says: May 17, 2013 12:13 PM

    andre johnson

  57. wvuandsteelers says: May 17, 2013 12:49 PM

    Andre and Bob McNair are the only 2 I would put up there today. Foster, Schaub and Watt have chances to maybe earn a spot, but not right now.

  58. htown1035 says: May 17, 2013 12:54 PM

    Andre Johnson
    Aaron Glenn
    J.J. Watt
    Arian Foster

  59. finswins says: May 17, 2013 1:00 PM

    Cushing??? Whoever wants him up there must be wacko!! Do cheats belong on the Mt.???? HELL NO!!!!

  60. buffaloviper says: May 17, 2013 1:14 PM

    Andre Johnson
    Arian Foster
    Gary Kubiak
    Mario Williams

  61. thejimthorpejamsession says: May 17, 2013 2:36 PM

    The Core Four:

    Andre Johnson
    J. J. Watt
    Arian Foster
    Mario Williams

  62. texasmp83 says: May 17, 2013 5:43 PM

    Man Thi was a lot harder than I thought it would be…

    1) Andre Johnson, i mean come on how can he not be first.
    2) Duane Brown, The mean LT who is probably the best in the league currently (Debatable so can we agree to 5)
    3) Bob McNair this shouldnt even be debatable.
    4) JJ Watt, if he keeps up what he did last year he is a future HOFer as Wade said.
    Honorable Mentions: Wade Phillips, OD, Arian Foster, Cush, Demeco Ryans, Kubiak

  63. kev86 says: May 17, 2013 6:49 PM

    Forced to break rules and say Earl Campbell goes on anything Houston football.

  64. twayward says: May 17, 2013 7:27 PM

    Andre Johnson, DeMeco Ryans, Arian Foster & Brian Cushing

  65. woodbridgekid73 says: May 17, 2013 9:08 PM

    Paul Wall the people’s champ…

  66. kac360 says: May 17, 2013 11:11 PM

    Andre, Arian, Watt, Mario…

  67. seanpbeck says: May 18, 2013 4:15 PM

    Earl Campbell, Warren Moon, Bruce Matthews, Andre Johnson

  68. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: May 18, 2013 5:46 PM

    Arian Foster, JJ Watt, Mario Williams, Andre Johnson.

  69. notthesicko says: May 18, 2013 7:19 PM

    Andre Johnson
    Mario Williams
    Bob McNair
    JJ Watt

  70. crf4dan says: May 18, 2013 11:09 PM

    Andre Johnson
    JJ Watt
    Bob McNair
    Arian Foster

  71. 1oldpro says: May 19, 2013 10:51 AM

    Guys whose faces should be on it:
    Andre
    Arian
    JJ Watt
    Duane Brown
    Guys whose backside should be on it:
    Jacques Reeves
    Jason Babin
    David Carr
    Tony Boselli

  72. jonato7 says: May 20, 2013 8:50 PM

    if the city of Houston’s Oilers DON’T count:

    Andre Johnson
    DeMeco Ryans
    Arian Foster
    JJ Watt

    if the city of Houston’s Oilers DO count:

    Earl
    Moon
    JJ Watt
    Andre Johnson

  73. lakermetskins says: May 20, 2013 9:16 PM

    There’s plenty of Texan history to go around:

    Stephen F. Austin
    Sam Houston
    Lyndon B. Johnson
    The Alamo

  74. 8to80texansblog says: May 21, 2013 5:42 PM

    For those discounting Watt for only being on the team 2 years.

    He has had arguably the greatest season ever for a Texan, and he has arguably the greatest play in Texans history. Can’t keep that guy off the mountain!!!

    Johnson
    Watt
    Schaub
    McNair

  75. bpacha77511 says: May 22, 2013 3:40 AM

    IMHO there are three absolutes…
    1. One word…. Andre….. He is mr. Texan. Didn’t sell out for more money.
    2. Super Mario….. Even though he bumped his gums after he left he’s still deserving.
    3. Could’ve went kubiak or McNair but I but I believe only players should be on here so my number three is…..
    Arian foster
    4. For this pick there are several vying but not really one that leaps ahead. They could be…. Demeco Ryan’s, schaub, Kris brown,Daniels,dunta,antonio smith
    In the future one of these guys will be four if they keep it up
    . Cushing , watt, and one of the recent draft picks

  76. 8to80texansblog says: May 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    I think that any mt rushmore would be remiss without the best QB in franchis history. And while we’re all a little down on Schaub, he’s the best QB in franchise history. He’s won a passing title, Pro Bowl MVP, and holds every passing record in franchise history. He HAS to be up there.

    If I had to choose between Mario and Watt… I’m choosing Watt every time for this. He’s had bigger moments, better stats, and his work ethic is never questioned. Mario ALWAYS took criticism for taking off plays. Is that the guy you want representing you up on that mountain?

  77. blakeap713 says: May 24, 2013 11:03 AM

    DeMeco Ryans
    JJ Watt
    Arian Foster

  78. jlneil30 says: May 24, 2013 12:05 PM

    As I peruse through the answers here, one thing comes to mind that I didn’t think would happen. There aren’t many, but I’ve noticed that some people are leaving Andre Johnson out. How is that even possible?

  79. 8to80texansblog says: May 28, 2013 4:32 PM

    @jlneil30

    The responses showing someone other than Andre Johnson are actually sarcastic. They list draft busts, back up QBs, or David Carr..

  80. jlneil30 says: May 28, 2013 5:23 PM

    I saw those as well, but a few listed JJ Watt, so I presumed they were being serious.

  81. droyer85 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:24 PM

    Steve McNair, Gary Kubiak, JJ Watt, Arian Foster

  82. stachowiakjp says: Jun 6, 2013 5:29 PM

    I don’t give a damn I’m putting Warren Moon in mine.

    Warren Moon, Andre Johnson, Bob McNair, Gary Kubiak

    Excluding Warren Moon, I’d put in JJ Watt instead.

  83. drodriguez22 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:36 AM

    I agree – Houson should include the Oilers with the Texans. Football has been there a lot longer than 11 years.

    However, given the current rules of the game:

    Bob McNair
    Andre Johnson
    JJ Watt (On, Wisconsin!)
    Arian Foster

    These are easily the most recognizable and (so far) influential faces of the franchise.

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