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Arian Foster gets Andre Johnson’s plight, says “He is Houston”

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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.”

Still, Foster said he understands the frustrations of the 33-year-old Johnson, who reportedly wants a trade which the Texans don’t seem inclined to give him.

“I understand where he’s coming from,” Foster┬ásaid. “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.

 

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28 Responses to “Arian Foster gets Andre Johnson’s plight, says “He is Houston””
  1. coldwater32301 says: Jul 16, 2014 10:23 AM

    I get Andre Johnson plight, He’s from the “Nation Champs Miami Hurricanes” he doesn’t want to just be good, He wants Superbowls… And to have a playoff record of 2-2 with the talent they have is frustrating…So a propose a trade with Miami Dolphins because were going to win the Superbowl this year Johnson for Moreno, and 2nd round pick…( Shameless Dolphins plug lol)… Trade the MAN…Indeed…

  2. packerbackernj says: Jul 16, 2014 10:25 AM

    I, for one, think the Houston Texans should trade Andre. It should have been done a long time ago, before anyone knew Andre wanted out so houston could get the best draft picks they could for him. Andre has been a true professional. He kept his mouth shut on some really bad Texan teams, heck, i think they had 2 total above .500 seasons since they drafted him. He’s 33, he’ll play 1-2 more years trying to get a ring somewhere built to compete now. There will be no Singletary-Harbaugh 49er turn around in Houston. Get your picks, trade him to a team outside of the division say “thank you,” and end it. Stop doing what the Packers did with Favre, the fanbase deserves better. #freehoustonsjohnson

  3. pantherfan40 says: Jul 16, 2014 10:26 AM

    2 words.

    jadeveon clowney

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 16, 2014 10:28 AM

    Let’s Be Honest: Andre Johnson stories are uninteresting because of two things:

    1) Houston is going to be terrible

    2) Houston is going to be terrible with or without Andre Johnson

  5. dickshotdogs says: Jul 16, 2014 10:36 AM

    No, he “is” New England. Doh!

  6. dabears2485 says: Jul 16, 2014 10:38 AM

    I’m of the opinion that, if a player of Johnson’s character and accomplishment comes to you and says, “please let me go,” then you should just let him go. Some guys don’t deserve that. But there are a few that do. He’s one of them.

  7. joeflaccoallday says: Jul 16, 2014 10:39 AM

    Real!

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 10:40 AM

    He is the greatest player in franchise history. He will be the first Texan to go into the Hall of Fame.

    I sincerely hope he decides to stay and finish his career here in Houston, but if he wants to go out and try to win a ring with New England, then I’ll be the first guy in line to buy his jersey.

    He is now and will probably always be my favorite Texan.

  9. jjackwagon says: Jul 16, 2014 10:45 AM

    AP gets Johnsons plight too. He is Minnesota.

  10. scrp2 says: Jul 16, 2014 10:57 AM

    Andre Johnson as great as he is, 10 years from now will look back on this and think, I should have just reported to camp. Good things happen when you put your ego aside and put in a good day’s work. You don’t want to go out like Tiki Barber.

  11. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 16, 2014 11:04 AM

    Andre Johnson: The Texan I’ve long respected the most … by far. Heck, I even liked it when he made our Cortland Finnegan look like a fool–after the whistle, that is.

  12. mutantman87 says: Jul 16, 2014 11:05 AM

    They’re not doing right by Andre. He’s put in his time through the bad and few good times, and now they’ve torn the team down for what will likely be his last couple years in the NFL. They should have traded him before the draft. SF traded a 4th round pick for Stevie Johnson. Think they wouldn’t have traded one of those extra stockpiled 3rd rounders for a couple years of Andre Johnson?

  13. 6ball says: Jul 16, 2014 11:09 AM

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    It’s just too divisive to keep him. There are two sides here and all the players are on one side…. Johnson’s. First year coach Obrien would be saddled with a distraction out of his control.
    .

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 16, 2014 11:14 AM

    He chose to take the big money and re-sign with Houston. Now he’s in a situation where they can’t cut him because of his cap hit, and his contract is one that no other team will take on with its high numbers and because of what Houston will likely want in addition to paying Johnson.

    He wanted the big $$. He got them. He dug his own hole.

  15. robert831 says: Jul 16, 2014 11:19 AM

    @jjackwagon -Except Adrian does not want to leave Minnesota…

  16. kyleka0s says: Jul 16, 2014 11:24 AM

    People keep saying that the new regime doesn’t want to seem like they are giving in to a whiny player with demands, but this is a guy who has been a true professional most of his career and at the beginning of all this requested to be traded or let go. They should do the guy a solid and show that they are a coaching and front office staff to be trusted and can be worked with. THAT would send a positive message to their players who most likely aren’t sure how to feel about all these new people that are now in charge of them.

    Busting the balls of a respected player will not win you any fans in that locker room.

  17. kyleka0s says: Jul 16, 2014 11:24 AM

    People keep saying that the new regime doesn’t want to seem like they are giving in to a whiny player with demands, but this is a guy who has been a true professional most of his career and at the beginning of all this requested to be traded or let go. They should do the guy a solid and show that they are a coaching and front office staff to be trusted and can be worked with. THAT would send a positive message to their players who most likely aren’t sure how to feel about all these new people that are now in charge of them.

    Busting the balls of a respected player will not win you any fans in that locker room.

  18. skeeterbarnes says: Jul 16, 2014 11:28 AM

    Plight? PLIGHT? Something tells me that his plight is one that is slightly more tolerable than most other “plights”.

    Your passion for football has led to a significant overstatement of his reality. He has no plight–he has a situation that he created that has turned out to be less than desirable. That does not constitute a plight in the mind of any person who understands the meaning of that word.

  19. freddiec8 says: Jul 16, 2014 11:37 AM

    First of all the Texans don’t owe him a thing they paid him for his work he didn’t turn down that contract when it was given to him. Going to NE or any other team is not going to get him a ring ask Randy Moss he went to NE but did not get the ring. If he wont to get out of Houston then take a pay cut and let them trade him. But don’t tell me they owe him something because they don’t.

  20. dlk47823 says: Jul 16, 2014 11:40 AM

    When asked about joining New England, Johnson replied, “That’s Spygate and Murdertown there, not interested.”

  21. damcmp says: Jul 16, 2014 11:46 AM

    He has only been a true professional because he was the focus of the passing game and everything was geared for him.. the other mouthy guy is and idiot can barely spell vegan and certainly never was one!

  22. watermelon1 says: Jul 16, 2014 12:00 PM

    He hasn’t “strong armed” the texans into trading him yet because he hasn’t missed anything important!

    Wait until the preseason games start and they see how horrible the offense looks. And especially once the real games start!

    Hold tight Andre… They’ll cave eventually!

  23. jagsfanugh says: Jul 16, 2014 12:10 PM

    Stick it to the Tinhorns and retire.

  24. texansdude says: Jul 16, 2014 1:43 PM

    I have the greatest sympathy for his plight, too. The Texans ought to let him try to win one somewhere else. Even if he stays, the offense is hopeless. Foster won;t stay healthy, and there is no one else for a marginal QB to throw the ball. It’s back to “The Hitch” for Andre, and that’s a shame, and a waste of talent.

  25. radrntn says: Jul 16, 2014 1:54 PM

    poor guy…Bob McNair showed his true colors when he would not pay Johnson his million….after all this is a guy who did the team a favor, and redid his contract to help the team, and made it over the top team friendly…now its his turn to ask the team for a favor, and I cant type what they really did…wow……sad day when this team treats one of their all time greats this way…speaks volume for the future of this franchise…will be the last time any player in the nfl does this team a favor. Bottom line players talks …..just ask Kobe Bryant

  26. tennesseetitan78 says: Jul 16, 2014 2:12 PM

    Yeah trade him to the dolphins and him and Cortland Finnigan can share a locker together.

  27. dodohead418 says: Jul 16, 2014 2:16 PM

    Backwards thinking by Foster. A player like Andre Johnson was never thinking about the money because the NFL won’t be fun if you are always thinking about how to earn the max contract.

  28. jakethesnake123 says: Jul 16, 2014 6:44 PM

    JJ Watt is Mr Houston Adrian, hello. Andre’s time is over being the face of the franchise. Stating the obvious.

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