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djohn2oo8 12-07-2012 06:15 PM

Andre Johnson ask teammates to push for more
 
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HOUSTON (AP) Andre Johnson sometimes has to tell his teammates how lucky they are to be on one of the NFL's best teams.

For years, Johnson languished on terrible Texans teams. Now, the star receiver shares stories of the tough times, a reminder to appreciate this season and keep working for more.

Johnson is the only player currently with Houston (11-1) remaining from its franchise-worst 2-14 season in 2005.

"Enjoy this part of it, because the times that I went through, that's something you don't ever want to experience," he said he tells his teammates of that season. "The season was super long. There were times I didn't want to get up and come to work. It's hard because you come in and you're working your (tail) off, and you just can't get the job done."

Johnson has 1,114 yards receiving to bounce back from an injury-filled 2011 season where he had a career-low 492 yards.

He probably appreciates where the Texans are now better than anyone. Johnson joined the team after being drafted in the first round in 2003, and went through eight seasons of missing the playoffs in a stretch with just one winning season.

There were times he thought about playing elsewhere, but he forced himself to think about the big picture.

"You find out a lot about yourself, if you're going to be loyal or if you're just going to run away from it," he said. "My thing was I wanted to stay. I wanted to be a part of something special. I wanted to help this organization to where it is right now and even help it achieve more."

When Houston finally made the postseason for the first time last year, the moment was bittersweet for the five-time Pro Bowler because he missed a career-high nine games with various injuries.

"I was excited, but at the same time I was down because you're just like: 'Man, I know I could be out there helping the team,'" he said. "Those would be the times that I would kind of get down on myself and try do things and hope that I could hurry up and come back."

Johnson had a groin injury in training camp, and that combined with his age (31) and the nagging injuries that slowed him for a good chunk of last season had some wondering if he could still be an elite receiver.

He had 119 yards receiving in Houston's opener, but didn't crack 100 yards again until Week 9. It was then that Johnson said he was finally starting to feel like himself again, and two weeks later he showed just that.

Johnson grabbed 14 passes for 273 yards both career-highs and the winning touchdown in Houston's 43-37 overtime win against Jacksonville. He followed that performance with 188 yards receiving a week later.

He's been so good this season than even those who have watched him for years have been left shaking their heads.

"Every day is a marvel," offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said when asked about Johnson. "To me, it's amazing to see somebody work that hard and do that many things because usually you break down or a guy will ask for a day off, but he never does that. I think that's very, very impressive about Andre."

Matt Schaub, who joined the Texans in 2007, said just when he thinks he's seen the best from Johnson, he'll outdo himself. Schaub values Johnson's leadership to the team, and said he can't overstate what he's meant to him individually.

"(He's) the ultimate security blanket," Schaub said. "I know as a quarterback if push comes to shove and we need a play, I know I'm going to go his direction. We see all types of coverages. I'll still go his way because I know he's going to make a play on the football."

Johnson is the most soft-spoken and least talkative player on the team. That hasn't stopped him from being the most important leaders of the squad. But being a leader isn't something that is all that comfortable to Johnson, although he does appreciate that younger players look up to him.

"I've just always been the guy that tries to lead by example," he said. "It's crazy. You'd be surprised at who pays attention to you. I think when you go out and do the right things as a player and just be yourself and be successful at what you do, guys tend to look toward you and come to you for advice and things like that."

Houston has already clinched its second straight playoff berth, but Johnson is quick to point out that these are not the Texans of old, and they're looking for a lot more than simply reaching the playoffs this season.

Johnson needs 86 yards to reach 1,200 yards receiving for the fourth time in his career when the Texans meet the Patriots on Monday night in what Johnson's calls the biggest game in franchise history.

"We still have goals that we have to accomplish," he said. "I think as long as we keep winning, every game is going to get bigger and bigger. When you've been somewhere you've never been before, everything gets bigger."

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http://www.chron.com/sports/article/...re-4100485.php

EllisUnit 12-07-2012 06:53 PM

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Gotta love AJ for sticking it out all those years, for re working his contract so we would have more money for the cap, and for all the hard work he has put into the game. Great guy

thunderkyss 12-07-2012 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by EllisUnit (Post 2073412)
Gotta love AJ for sticking it out all those years, for re working his contract so we would have more money for the cap, and for all the hard work he has put into the game. Great guy

I'm sure he wasn't just being a great guy. He must have seen something in Bob McNair to make him believe better days are coming.


I mean why be loyal to the organization that had everything stacked against it? It's not like another team wouldn't have drafted him if we didn't.

Texan_Bill 12-07-2012 07:30 PM

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"Enjoy this part of it, because the times that I went through, that's something you don't ever want to experience," he said he tells his teammates of that season. "The season was super long. There were times I didn't want to get up and come to work. It's hard because you come in and you're working your (tail) off, and you just can't get the job done."
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"You find out a lot about yourself, if you're going to be loyal or if you're just going to run away from it," he said. "My thing was I wanted to stay. I wanted to be a part of something special. I wanted to help this organization to where it is right now and even help it achieve more."
Forget about the rest of what AJ had to say.... The above is the longest soundbite we've ever got from this stud!!!



Dude wants this team to do this right and finish!!!!!!!

Texan_Bill 12-07-2012 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Fiddler (Post 2073427)
I'm sure he wasn't just being a great guy. He must have seen something in Bob McNair to make him believe better days are coming.


I mean why be loyal to the organization that had everything stacked against it? It's not like another team wouldn't have drafted him if we didn't.

Ummmmm... :thinking:


Isn't that would a "great guy" would be? The fact that he stayed here when he easily could've bailed, especially after surviving a 2-14 season??

It almost seems like you and Ellis are arguing the same point. I dunno.

Thorn 12-07-2012 07:37 PM

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AJ. Texans. One and the same.

amazing80 12-07-2012 07:37 PM

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Ill be honest, there were times i thought AJ would leave and I wouldn't have blamed him. We were terrible and made stupid decisions as an organization, but hats off to Bob for pushing through with Gary and Rick and making the decision to go out and recruit Wade. Changing our defense around was the single most important thing we have done and it paid off nicely. We are all picky bastards, but I think we can all agree that we're happy the owner showed patience when all of us were ready to move on to the next head coach. Here's to hoping this team is truly something special and we all get what we have been waiting a decade for. :fans: have some :koolaid: and do a :specnatz: and dont forget to :clap: for the Texans

EllisUnit 12-07-2012 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by amazing80 (Post 2073447)
Ill be honest, there were times i thought AJ would leave and I wouldn't have blamed him. We were terrible and made stupid decisions as an organization, but hats off to Bob for pushing through with Gary and Rick and making the decision to go out and recruit Wade. Changing our defense around was the single most important thing we have done and it paid off nicely. We are all picky bastards, but I think we can all agree that we're happy the owner showed patience when all of us were ready to move on to the next head coach. Here's to hoping this team is truly something special and we all get what we have been waiting a decade for. :fans: have some :koolaid: and do a :specnatz: and dont forget to :clap: for the Texans

I remember a few seasons ago A LOT of people were saying we should trade AJ so he could be on a "good team", damn i have some research to do. What say you now ? :)

Texan_Bill 12-07-2012 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by EllisUnit (Post 2073454)
I remember a few seasons ago A LOT of people were saying we should trade AJ so he could be on a "good team", damn i have some research to do. What say you now ? :)

Don't research it... It was spread around that while the Texans sucked that AJ, should be traded: a) "He wasn't going to win anything here and b) We could get so much (i.e.) draft choices, etc....

Neither a) or b) was a viable option whenever Andre wanted to remain a Texan...


And, (which is terrible to start a sentence with "And"), is AWESOME for us Texans fans, no??

EllisUnit 12-07-2012 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Texan_Bill (Post 2073473)
Don't research it... It was spread around that while the Texans sucked that AJ, should be traded: a) "He wasn't going to win anything here and b) We could get so much (i.e.) draft choices, etc....

Neither a) or b) was a viable option whenever Andre wanted to remain a Texan...

And, (which is terrible to start a sentence with "And"), is AWESOME for us Texans fans, no??

:goodluck: would still be fun to research it there Mr Bill

htownfan32 12-07-2012 08:57 PM

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Bring the godd*mn :trophy: home for this man.

rush2112mn 12-08-2012 07:11 AM

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Andre Johnson opens up the offense for the Texans every time he is on the field. You better have 2 guys on him.....hell, he will still get open with that.
If he is double covered....you got single coverage on just about everyone else. That leaves it wide open for Daniels, Walters, Jean, Martin, Graham....ect.
Thank god he is healthy...The training staff should get a raise keeping him healthy this year.
I hope he gets 1500 yards at least this year.

Thorn 12-08-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by rush2112mn (Post 2073626)
Andre Johnson opens up the offense for the Texans every time he is on the field. You better have 2 guys on him.....hell, he will still get open with that.
If he is double covered....you got single coverage on just about everyone else. That leaves it wide open for Daniels, Walters, Jean, Martin, Graham....ect.
Thank god he is healthy...The training staff should get a raise keeping him healthy this year.
I hope he gets 1500 yards at least this year.

He's just a tad shy of needing 400 yards to get that 1500, with four games to play. I'd love to see him get that 1500 as well.

76Texan 12-08-2012 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Thorn (Post 2073649)
He's just a tad shy of needing 400 yards to get that 1500, with four games to play. I'd love to see him get that 1500 as well.

Ya' been upping your expectation all the time now Thorn, you greedy old baboon :)

EllisUnit 12-08-2012 08:38 AM

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Ok after countless hours of research, i was still unable to find the lets trade AJ threads. But man was it funny to go back to 04 and see some of yall on here. My how things have changed.

Thorn 12-08-2012 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by 76Texan (Post 2073651)
Ya' been upping your expectation all the time now Thorn, you greedy old baboon :)

LOL. I love this team. Without a doubt the Texans are a classy and talented bunch of guys. If anything has been happening, I've been softening my stance on Kubiak.

SheTexan 12-08-2012 08:57 AM

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My dream will come true when I see AJ standing on that podium holding up the Lombardi! I feel hysteria coming on already, so sure hope I've got a support team ready to resusitate my fat, OLD, Texan lovin arse!!!:shetexan::)

Giant Tiger 12-08-2012 11:16 AM

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Originally Posted by htownfan32 (Post 2073493)
Bring the godd*mn :trophy: home for this man.

Bring this man the championship!

ThaJokaa 12-08-2012 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by EllisUnit (Post 2073454)
I remember a few seasons ago A LOT of people were saying we should trade AJ so he could be on a "good team", damn i have some research to do. What say you now ? :)

I remember having those talks with people, sad times. I wouldnt have blamed him either. He deserves that SB Ring and deserves to be the 1st person to hold it up.

BlueSteel 12-09-2012 07:26 AM

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Originally Posted by EllisUnit (Post 2073652)
Ok after countless hours of research, i was still unable to find the lets trade AJ threads. But man was it funny to go back to 04 and see some of yall on here. My how things have changed.

It was back when you were posting on the Official forums Ellis. I was one of the guys livid about the dumbassness of the conversation, but wanted to see AJ playing for a winner.

FYI I am Seven from the official forums, but have nowhere close to the same amount of time to post these days.


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