In the last few weeks, Texans running back Arian Foster has watched his city bend over backward to try (unsuccessfully) to attract another NBA star.
But he’s hoping that his teammate Andre Johnson returns to training camp, since he outshines them all.
“He is Houston,” Foster told KPRC 2 in Houston. “I remember when I had my little run where I had like two back-to-back great seasons. I felt like this city loves me, they love me here. Everywhere I go, this is still Dre’s city. I don’t care if James Harden is walking around, Dwight Howard, whatever. This is Andre Johnson’s city. He is Houston. That’s what it means more than anything. He’s been a staple here for so long.”
“I understand where he’s coming from,” Foster said. “I really do. This is a business and people forget that it’s a business. He’s at the point of his career where he doesn’t want money now. He just wants to go win.
“Ultimately that’s one of my friends outside the field. So I want him to do what’s best for him. If he doesn’t feel like playing anymore, he wants to hang it up then I’ll support him. If he wants to come back and help us win, I’m all for that as well.”
Johnson doesn’t seem to have strong-armed the Texans into shipping him out, so the best plan might be to appeal to his sense of stature in the city.
And pointing out that he’s still the biggest star in town can’t hurt.