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Old 09-06-2011   #1
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You see them in headphones, walking into the stadium, heading from the locker room to the field, as they stretch and run and get ready for kickoff.

Before the iPods are turned off and put away, what’s the last song the Texans listen to in order to get in the right frame of mind?

Build a playlist based on this if you dare:

Receiver Kevin Walter: Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight”

“It reminds me of my rookie year in Cincinnati; they always had it going in pregame. It gets me going. It’s game time, let’s go.”

Linebacker Connor Barwin: Kayne West, “Power”

“It just puts me in a good mood, gets me ready to go.”

Defensive end J.J. Watt: Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

“It just reminds me it’s all about one moment, your one chance to shine. For me, every game is a chance to shine.”

Cornerback Jason Allen: DMX, “In the Air”

“You feel that feeling, it just gets me riled up and ready to go. Overcome adversity, be ready to bounce back.”

Running back Arian Foster: Janelle Monet, “Archandroid” (album, not song)

“It relaxes me. I listen to it a lot. There is an old proverb that is you can control your breathing, you will have the strength of 10 tigers. When you get amped, your muscles tighten up, you get dehydrated quicker, you start thinking too much.”

Linebacker DeMeco Ryans: Earl Washington, “Hard Fighting Soldier” (via YouTube.)

“Of course it pumps me up, but it also clears my mind and allows me to go into a true focus mode.”

Linebacker Brian Cushing: Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight”

“My linebacker coach in college, Ken Norton, that was his favorite song. It was always the last thing we did, kind of a tradition we started. Any time I hear that song now I just think about him and all the stuff he taught me.”

Center Chris Myers: Mudvayne, “Dig”

“It just kind of gets me up. It’s one of those songs, you can’t really tell what they’re saying, I don’t listen to that type of stuff at any other time aside from just before a game. Just real, real heavy stuff.”

Safety Danieal Manning: Canton Jones, “I Won’t Stop”

“That gets me fired up, let’s me know I won’t stop no matter what’s going on in the game.”

Defensive end Antonio Smith: Marvin Sapp, “The Best in Me” and Fred Hammond “No Weapon”

“They put me in the place I need to be.”

Receiver Andre Johnson: Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight.”

“I kind of got hooked on that song in high school. Our coach used to always play it before big games. They gave their little speech and then played it. It just calms me down, gets me in that game mode.”

Cornerback Johnathan Joseph: Young Jeezy, “Let’s Get It.”

“It relaxes you, it gets your mind right.”

Unable to pick just one, or rebels who don’t wear headphones:

Quarterback Matt Leinart: “I like to do either Eminem or completely go opposite with Enya. I don’t know the song, they all sound the same to me. It’s probably split. Most of the time I try to go more mellow, relax the nerves a little bit.”

Safety Glover Quin: “I like to chill and focus on my assignment. I can’t focus on my assignment and listen to music. I can’t do two things and once. I’m not that talented.”

Quarterback Matt Schaub: “There is usually a good mix in the stadium. The sound system in our stadium isn’t the best for music, so we put some speakers down on the field for warm-ups which is pretty cool. They have a good mix of songs. A good one, a staple is always ‘In the Air Tonight.’”

Kicker Neil Rackers: “If I am really pumped up for a game, I might throw some Enya on there. Any song. Just that strange voice where you don’t really know what she’s singing just calms me down a little bit.”

Running back Ben Tate: “I’m not a big music guy. I might listen a little bit before the game. But closer to the game I’m more quiet and focused on what I’ve got to do.”
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Default Re: Kuharsky Blog: What songs do Texans players listen to before a game?

In before "the music they listen to is too soft".
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dmx has the best hype up music.
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Safety Glover Quin: “I like to chill and focus on my assignment. I can’t focus on my assignment and listen to music. I can’t do two things and once. I’m not that talented.
Okay, I could have gone all year without hearing that.
I'm sure he was j/k but still....
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Okay, I could have gone all year without hearing that.
I'm sure he was j/k but still....
Let me translate what he meant:

"I can't bat down a pass AND have a song in my head at the same time. Duh!"
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Okay, I could have gone all year without hearing that.
I'm sure he was j/k but still....

At least he's honest.
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Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight.”

Seems like they love this
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Default Re: Kuharsky Blog: What songs do Texans players listen to before a game?

am I the only one who noticed that the Houston Texans' fight song was conspicuously absent...?

maybe we need to change it the "In the Air"
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I'd probably listen to some form of Metallica or Maiden before a game. Or some songs from the Rocky soundtrack.
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Thank god Matt Schaub called out the stadium's audio system...it is crap and can barely be heard field level.
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****ing Mudvayne gets you amped. We listened to that in high school. Also Walk by Pantera.
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I was hoping one of them would say "I'm A Texan" by El Tejano

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I had a ritual before basketball that involved Bone Thugs & Harmony. I always listened to Mo Murda over and over on the bus ride to the away gym or for about 1/2 an hour up to the game. That always got me psyched. Kinda surprised nobody my age (early 30's) said that one.

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I went with the "loose > hyped" approach when I was in HS... Nothing got me more loose for Four quarters of bench-ridin' than some Roy Dam Mercer with both Skynyrd and Metallica's "Tuesday's Gone" sprinkled in... Metallica's "Orion" actually relaxed me as well...
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Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight.”

Seems like they love this
Some unusual suspects that mention it too.

You could give me 1000 guesses and I would never guess that for Cush, much less Dre.
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I went with the "loose > hyped" approach when I was in HS.
I was the opposite. Typically listened to either old death metal or hardcore (old C.Corpse, Cro-Mags, etc) right before game time.
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Default Re: Kuharsky Blog: What songs do Texans players listen to before a game?

I bet Ray Lewis doesn't listen to phil collins before the game.. seriously????
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I bet Ray Lewis doesn't listen to phil collins before the game.. seriously????
A ton of NFL players listen to Phil Collins before the game, ESPECIALLY Ray
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And don't forget Mike Tyson rockin' "In the Air Tonight" before laying the smackdown in "The Hangover"...
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No Phil Collins fans on the Titans:
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Cornerback Cortland Finnegan: Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

“He talks about one shot or one opportunity. Sometimes in a game it’s that one shot that may change around the game, may win the game or lose the game for you.”

Linebacker Akeem Ayers: Jay-Z and Kayne West, “Gotta Have It”

“I just like the beat. It kind of loosens me up, gets me ready to play, puts me in a good mood.”

Defensive tackle Shaun Smith: Meek Millz, “I’m a Boss”

“It just gets me going, gets me all riled up in a zone and I just go out there and do what I do.”

Fullback Ahmard Hall: Fred Hammond, “They That Wait”

“It gets me motivated. Reminds me what to do, how to conduct myself.”

Defensive end Dave Ball: Metallica, “The Day That Never Comes”

“Just a good pump up song.”

Safety Michael Griffin: Yo Gotti, “Look in the Mirror”

“Hype song. Gets your blood flowing.”

Receiver Nate Washington: Fred Hammond, “Always Remember Jesus”

“It just keeps me humble. It always helps me remember who I am and the ability that I have to go out and play football.”

Tight end Jared Cook: Killer Mike, “God in the Building”

“It’s hip-hop song but it’s God-based.”

Receiver Kenny Britt: Drake, “Headlines”

“He talks about how a lot of people tell him he fell off and things like that and that’s something he needed to hear. That lines up with me and helps motivate me.”

Quarterback Jake Locker: Montgomery Gentry, “Something to be Proud of”

“It just reminds me of the people in my life that have allowed me to have the opportunity to go out and compete. It reminds me I am playing not only for myself, but for a lot of people in my life.”

Running back Javon Ringer: Deltrick Haddon, “Mighty God”

“It just helps me feel better than listening to a bunch of rap. I can’t really get into all the lyrics and what people are talking about in the rap songs. I like to listen to gospel music and get my mind right. It kind of helps me get focused more than a bunch of swearing.”

Guys who go against the grain:

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck: I might have to change this. What I do is I put headphones on and I don’t plug them into anything, so people don’t talk to me. I kind of just like the quiet. I get hyped up for a game, but I am not covering kicks. I need to be relaxed and calm and thinking clearly. I just sort of like the noise cancellation.”

Linebacker Barrett Ruud: “Just whatever I feel like listening to. I’m a shuffle guy. I don’t really use it to get excited. If I am listening to music, it’s usually just to pass the time. Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, the Allman Brothers, The Black Keys, The White Stripes.”

Kicker Rob Bironas: “I usually drive in listening to Channel 59 XM, The Highway. It’s country music, today’s top hits. Then whatever they are playing at the stadium is my pump-up music.”

Linebacker Will Witherspoon: “I’m a sleeper. I have about a 30 minute nap before a game. I don’t listen to anything.”
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