Arian Foster

Arian Isa Foster (born August 24, 1986) is a former American football running back. He played college football at the University of Tennessee, and was signed by the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL) as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Foster was known for his signature Namaste bow, which he frequently performed after scoring touchdowns.[1] Foster holds the Texans franchise records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, and also played for the Miami Dolphins. Foster announced his retirement on October 24, 2016.[2]

Arian Foster
refer to caption
Foster with the Houston Texans in 2010
No. 37, 23, 29, 34
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:August 24, 1986 (age 32)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:San Diego (CA) Mission Bay
College:Tennessee
Undrafted:2009
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:1,476
Rushing yards:6,527
Rushing touchdowns:54
Receptions:255
Receiving yards:2,346
Receiving touchdowns:14
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Foster was born August 24, 1986, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Carl Foster, a former wide receiver for the University of New Mexico, and Bernadette Sizemore, a secretary for the university.[3][4] Foster's father signed with the Denver Broncos in 1982, though was not able to make it through the summer, and never actually made it to the NFL.[5] Foster has four siblings, Abdul, who was also an athlete, running track in high school and in college at Florida A&M, and Christina, who received her Masters at SIT in Vermont, his brother Braxton and sister Maria.

Foster's mother encouraged him to play football at the age of 7, to the dismay of Foster's father, an ex-wide receiver himself. As a former player at a high level, Carl was not supportive of the idea of his son entering the sport at such a young age. Foster took to the game, telling his elementary school teacher that he intended to become "a star in the NFL."[6] Foster attended Taft Middle School in Albuquerque.

His parents divorced in 2000 while he was attending Valley High School in Albuquerque, and in 2002, he moved to San Diego with his father. Foster competed in football at Mission Bay Senior High School, where he initially played as a linebacker, but became a full-time running back in his junior and senior years. He was Mission Bay's featured running back those years, and led San Diego County in all-purpose yards with 2,500 while compiling 2,093 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns in addition to six scores on kickoff returns his senior year.[7] In a game against Clairemont, Foster ran for 321 yards and for his efforts, he was named San Diego Union Tribune All-San Diego Western League Player of the Year, received All-West Region appointment by PrepStar, and also earned All-California Interscholastic Federation honors.[7] Then-Tennessee offensive coordinator Randy Sanders and running backs coach Trooper Taylor were impressed by Foster when recruiting in San Diego.[8] Foster chose to attend Tennessee and was part of the 2004 signing class.[9]

Foster also competed on the track & field team as a sprinter and high jumper. He had personal-bests of 11.24 seconds in the dash, and had a top-jump of (6-2.5) in the high jump. He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m relay squad.[10]

High school statistics

Source: [1] Note: Incomplete

Season Team GP Rushing Att Rushing Yds YPA Yds/G TD
2003 MBHS 9 174 1,596 9.2 177.3 17

College career

Foster red-shirted his first season as a Tennessee Volunteer, sitting behind Gerald Riggs Jr. and Cedric Houston on the depth chart.[11] He was a three-year starter at running back for Tennessee.[12]

2005 season

In his 2005 freshman season, Foster earned the starting job following an injury to Riggs. On October 1, against Ole Miss, he had his first collegiate touchdown.[13] On October 29, against South Carolina, he had 148 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[14] On November 5, against Notre Dame, he had 125 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[15] In the following game against Memphis, he had 132 rushing yards.[16] In the next game, he had a commanding performance against Vanderbilt.[17] He scored two touchdowns in the game and his total of 268 all-purpose yards was the third-highest total in school history.[17] In the regular season finale against Kentucky, he had 114 rushing yards and 44 receiving yards.[18] Overall, in the 2005 season, he finished with 879 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns, 14 receptions, and 148 receiving yards.[19]

2006 season

Foster's sophomore season saw a slight downturn in production. He started the 2006 season with 69 rushing yards and a four-yard receiving touchdown in the victory over California.[20] Foster was limited for the majority of the season with injuries and missed games against Marshall and Memphis. On October 7, against Georgia, he had 63 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.[21] Splitting time with LaMarcus Coker after returning from injury, Foster ended the season with just 322 rushing yards.[22] Tennessee's final game of the season was the 2007 Outback Bowl, in which Foster fumbled with ten minutes remaining deep in Penn State territory.[23] The ball was picked up by cornerback Tony Davis and returned 88 yards for a touchdown, breaking a 10–10 tie and providing the winning points in Penn State's 20–10 victory.[23][24]

2007 season

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Arian Foster dives over the pile to score against Louisiana–Lafayette at Neyland Stadium

His junior season saw Foster take over as the main back, with Montario Hardesty coming in as a substitute. In the second game, against Southern Miss, he had 125 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[25] Against Florida, Foster fumbled a left-handed hand-off from injured quarterback Erik Ainge which was recovered by Gators linebacker Dustin Doe and returned eighteen yards for a touchdown.[26][27] Up to that point, Tennessee had been gaining momentum and pulled to within eight points of tying the game, but the botched play made the score 35–20 and triggered a 24-point Florida run to close out the contest.[27] On October 6, against Georgia, he had 98 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.[28] In the following game, against Mississippi State, he had 139 rushing yards and a touchdown.[29] In the annual rivalry game against Alabama, he had 91 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with four receptions for 74 receiving yards.[30] On October 27 against South Carolina, he had 75 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[31] On November 3, against Louisiana–Lafayette, he had 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[32] In the next game, against Arkansas, he had 83 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, his seventh consecutive game with a rushing touchdown.[33] Foster surpassed the 1,000-yard mark with a 118-yard performance in a 52–50 win at Kentucky, and finished his junior season with 245 carries for 1,193 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also catching 39 passes for 340 yards and an additional two scores.[34][22][35]

2008 season

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Foster carrying the ball while evading an attempted tackle against the Alabama–Birmingham Blazers

Foster's breakout junior season resulted in a second-round grade[36] from the draft advisory board and led him to consider leaving school. However, head coach Phillip Fulmer persuaded him to stay for his senior season, a decision Foster would later deeply regret.[37] Playing under the third position coach and offensive coordinator of his tenure,[8] Foster was utilized in a rotation following the installation of a new offensive scheme that the Tennessee coaches thought was a better fit for some of the other running backs on the roster.[22] He only had one game with 100 rushing yards, the second game of the season against the UAB Blazers.[38] For his part, Fulmer would attribute Foster's diminished workload to knee and thigh injuries which would later be disputed.[8] In the end, Foster compiled 849 yards on 191 carries with five touchdowns in his senior season.[22][39]

Foster's subpar senior campaign caused his draft stock to plummet, as well as scouts' concerns about his below-average pass-blocking, issues with ball security, character issues (partly due to his earlier arrest) and the less-than-stellar reviews from Tennessee staff members that portrayed him as selfish and hard to coach.[40] A pulled hamstring also prevented Foster from working out at the NFL Scouting Combine, then he had a poor showing at Tennessee's Pro Day when he registered a 4.65 40-yard dash, 4.50 short shuttle, vertical leap and 9′7″ broad jump.[40] The combination of factors led to Foster being undrafted at the 2009 NFL Draft; after several teams showed interest in him as a rookie free agent, he chose to sign a contract with the Houston Texans in May 2009[41] because he thought the situation suited him.[40]

Foster finished his collegiate career as Tennessee's 2nd all-time leading rusher with 3,338 yards.[8] His legacy, however, was mixed. He fumbled just five times on a school-record 650 carries, but all of his drops came at critical moments, including fumbles in both 2006 Penn State games, one against Florida in 2007, and one against UCLA and Auburn in 2008.[8] His former coach Fulmer has defended Foster regarding these crucial mistakes, saying "There were a couple of fumbles that were untimely that people want to remember; they forget about his full career, about how special he was. He had a couple of fumbles after a couple of big runs. They were costly, but we probably wouldn't have been there without him."[8]

College statistics

Source: [2]

Arian Foster Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Att Yds Avg Yds/G Long TD Rec Yds Avg Long TD
2005 TEN 11 183 879 4.8 79.9 66 5 14 148 10.6 39 0
2006 TEN 11 91 322 3.5 29.3 24 5 11 88 8.0 15 0
2007 TEN 14 245 1,193 4.9 85.2 59 12 39 340 8.7 65 2
2008 TEN 12 131 570 4.4 47.5 41 1 19 166 8.7 26 0
Total 47 650 2,964 4.6 61.8 66 23 83 742 8.9 65 2

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Foster ranked 24th among running backs available in the 2009 NFL Draft, according to Sports Illustrated.[42] Although he was projected as a fifth-to-sixth round pick, Foster went undrafted.[43]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 34 in
(1.85 m)
226 lb
(103 kg)
4.69 s 1.62 s 2.71 s 4.53 s 7.09 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
23 reps
All values from San Diego State Pro Day (except the BP)[44]

Houston Texans

2009 season

Foster was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2009. He was later released by the team on September 5, 2009, but then was signed to the Texans' practice squad on September 6 and signed to the active roster on November 17. Foster made his NFL debut against the Tennessee Titans on November 23, 2009 and played on special teams.[45] He scored his first NFL career touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in Miami on December 27, 2009 on a 17-yard run up the middle in the second quarter of the game.[46] Foster then made his first career start against the New England Patriots on January 3, 2010 and ran for 119 yards and scored twice on 20 carries.[47]

Overall, Foster played six games, starting one, during the 2009 season, finishing with 257 yards and three touchdowns.[48][49]

Arian Foster leaps
A Dallas Cowboys defender pushes Foster down in a 2010 game.

2010 season

Before the 2010 season, Foster changed his number from #37 to #23. In the 2010 season opener on September 12, Houston played against the Indianapolis Colts. Foster replaced Steve Slaton, the starting running back in the 2009 season, and broke many franchise records, rushing 33 times for 231 yards and three touchdowns.[50] In addition to breaking the record for the most rushing yards by a player of the Houston Texans in a single game, he and Slaton combined for 260 rushing yards, well over the team record for most total in a game, and also the most rushing yards given up to a single player by the Indianapolis Colts. Foster also posted the second-highest NFL opening day rushing total, trailing only O.J. Simpson's 250 yards in 1973.[51] During week 4 on October 3 against the Oakland Raiders after being benched for the 1st quarter, Foster recorded the longest run in Texans franchise history when he scored on a 74-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter to break a 14–14 tie. Houston went on to win 31–24 behind Foster's 187 yards from scrimmage.[52] After being passed up in rushing yards by Jamaal Charles during the Chiefs last game of the regular season, Foster posted another stunning performance rushing for 180 yards and two touchdowns to solidify his spot as the 2010 rushing leader.[53][54] Foster finished the 2010 season by winning the rushing title with 1,616 rushing yards and 604 receiving yards breaking the record set by Priest Holmes for most yards from scrimmage ever by an undrafted player.[55] He was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl, which was his first Pro Bowl.

2011 season

Foster strained his hamstring twice during the 2011 preseason – at one point creating controversy due to his tweeting of an MRI image of the damaged tendon[56] – resulting in his missing the Texans' opening day game versus the Colts.[57]

Foster returned in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, but after carrying the ball ten times for 33 rushing yards in the first half, he missed the remainder of the game due to a re-aggravation of his hamstring.[58]

Foster missed Houston's Week 3 game at New Orleans, but returned to face the Pittsburgh Steelers the following Sunday. Against Pittsburgh, Foster ran the ball 30 times for 155 yards, including a 42-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run that proved to be the winning points in the Texans' 17–10 victory. In what was his tenth career 100-yard game, Foster's total of 155 yards was the second-most by a running back against the Steelers defense since 2001, and the most since Curtis Martin tallied 174 versus Pittsburgh in December 2003.[59] Additionally, his 42-yard touchdown was the longest scoring run allowed by the Steelers since 2006.[59]

The Texans squared off with the Raiders in Houston in Week 5, just a day after legendary Raiders owner Al Davis died. Foster had a tough time generating yards on the ground, tallying just 68 yards on 22 carries.[60] It was as a pass-catcher that Foster shone against Oakland, catching just five passes for 116 yards, including a career-long 60-yard reception in the third quarter. A last-minute rally by Houston fell short when quarterback Matt Schaub was intercepted in the end zone as Houston fell, 25–20.[61]

In Week 6, the Baltimore Ravens' stout defense proved a challenge for Foster as he was limited to just 49 yards on 15 carries in a decisive 29–14 loss. Foster continued to contribute in the passing game, however, catching six passes for 52 yards in the losing effort.[62]

Foster exploded in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans, rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries while accumulating 119 yards receiving and another touchdown on five catches. This helped the Texans en route to a 41–7 victory over their division foe and established them as the division leader; Foster's 234 total yards fell just short of his personal best of 238, which he registered on Opening Day of the 2010 season versus Indianapolis.[63]

Foster followed up his career-day against the Titans with a solid performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In a tough, ball-control type of game, Foster equaled his career-high in rushing attempts with 33, totaling 112 yards on the ground. In a nod to Foster's prolific pass-catching in recent weeks, the Jaguars limited Foster to just one catch for 12 yards out of the backfield in Houston's 24–14 victory.[64] On December 22, he had 158 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts.[65]

He was invited to the 2012 Pro Bowl, which was his second Pro Bowl invite.[66]

The Texans finished the season with a 10–6 record and won the AFC South.[67] In the Wild Card Round against the Cincinnati Bengals, he had 153 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, three receptions, and 29 receiving yards in the 31–10 victory.[68] In the Divisional Round against the Baltimore Ravens, he had 132 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, five receptions, and 22 receiving yards in the 20–13 loss.[69]

2012 season

On March 5, the Texans reportedly reached a deal with Foster, deciding he was worth up to $43.5 million over 5 years.[70] The contract included $20.75 million guaranteed, $30 million in his first 3 years, and $18 million in 2012.[71]

In Week 2, Foster had 110 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[72] On October 8, in a Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets, Foster reached 5,000 yards from scrimmage (rushing yards+receiving yards) in his 40th game, becoming the third-fastest player to reach 5,000 yards to do so, only behind Edgerrin James (36 games) and Eric Dickerson (39 games).[73] In his next two games, he recorded two rushing touchdowns in both games.[74][75] On November 22, against the Detroit Lions, he had 102 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[76] On December 16, against the Indianapolis Colts, he had 165 rushing yards.[77] On December 23 against the Minnesota Vikings, Foster left the game in the third quarter with an irregular heartbeat. Foster was announced the starting running back in the AFC Division for the 2013 Pro Bowl. This was the 3rd Pro Bowl he was invited to.[78] He ended the season with league-high 351 carries and 15 rushing touchdowns, and earning him eighth on NFL Top 100 Players of 2013, rising from 25 the previous season.[79][80] The Texans finished the season with a 12–4 record and won the AFC South for the second consecutive year.[81] In the Wild Card Round against the Cincinnati Bengals, he had 140 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, eight receptions, and 34 receiving yards.[82] In the Divisional Round against the New England Patriots, he had 90 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, seven receptions, 63 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown in the 41–28 loss.[83]

2013 season

Foster sustained a back injury in August before the 2013 regular season began, which limited his preseason play, although he was able to play in the first eight weeks of the regular season. Foster was not physically able to complete the season, but during the time that which he played, Foster had 121 carries, advancing the ball for a total of 542 yards, and had a touchdown in their second game of the regular season in which they beat the Tennessee Titans.[84] He left the game in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a calf injury.[85][86] In Week 9, he had to leave the game they lost to the Indianapolis Colts with a season ending back injury. The injury would require surgery for a ruptured disk in Foster's lumbar spine.[87][88][89]

Foster had surgery on a bulging disk in his back on November 13, 2013, in Los Angeles. Foster tried to play through the injury in the game against the Indianapolis Colts, the day he injured his back, and then tried to avoid surgery, but, after speaking with multiple doctors and specialists, Dr. Watkins included, he decided to undergo surgery. Foster made it his goal after this devastating injury and surgery to enter the 2014 season as a healthy contributor to the Texans.[90][91][92]

2014 season

In the 2014 season opener, a 17–6 win over the Washington Redskins, Foster had 103 rushing yards.[93] In the following game against the Oakland Raiders, he had 138 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[94] On October 5, against the Dallas Cowboys, he had 157 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[95] In the next game, against the Indianapolis Colts, he had 109 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[96] He had 102 rushing yards in the following game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[97] He recorded his fourth consecutive 100-yard game with 151 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans. In addition, he had a receiving touchdown in the 30–16 victory over the Titans.[98] On December 7, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had 127 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[99] Foster had a solid comeback season after returning from his back injury, rushing for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns while having 38 receptions for 327 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.[100] For the fourth season in his career, Foster rushed for at least 1,000 yards. With that accomplishment, Foster was voted to the 2015 Pro Bowl, his fourth such nomination in his NFL career. He was named the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for his Week 8 performance (151 rushing yards and two touchdowns) against the Tennessee Titans.[101]

2015 season

Foster started the 2015 season injured and did not play until Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons.[102] In the next game, against the Indianaplis Colts, he had 41 rushing yards, nine receptions, and 77 receiving yards.[103] In the following game, he had his first touchdown of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[104] Foster ruptured his Achilles tendon on October 25, 2015, in a Week 7 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Before exiting, he had 59 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, five receptions, 66 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown in the game.[105][106] Two days later, Foster was placed on injured reserve, effectively ending his season.[107]

Foster was released by the Texans on March 3, 2016. He finished his Texans career with 6,472 yards and 54 rushing touchdowns, both franchise records.[108]

Miami Dolphins

On July 18, 2016, Foster signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.[109] Foster wore #34 during the preseason, but would later change it to #29 before the regular season started. He rushed for 55 yards in four games before suffering another lower body injury.[110]

Retirement

On October 24, 2016, one day after rushing for five yards on three carries against the Buffalo Bills, Foster announced his retirement from the NFL.[111][112]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high
Season Rushing Receiving
Year Team GP Att Yards Avg YPG Long TD Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2009 HOU 6 54 257 4.8 42.8 24 3 8 93 11.6 20 0
2010 HOU 16 327 1,616 4.9 101.0 74 16 66 604 9.2 50 2
2011 HOU 13 278 1,224 4.4 94.2 43 10 53 617 11.6 78 2
2012 HOU 16 351 1,424 4.1 89.0 46 15 40 217 5.4 23 2
2013 HOU 8 121 542 4.5 67.8 23 1 22 183 8.3 41 1
2014 HOU 13 260 1,246 4.8 95.8 51 8 38 327 8.6 56 5
2015 HOU 4 63 163 2.6 40.8 16 1 22 227 10.3 32 2
2016 MIA 4 22 55 2.5 13.8 9 0 6 78 13.0 50 0
Career 80 1,476 6,527 4.4 81.6 74 54 255 2,346 9.2 78 14

Texans franchise records

  • Most career rushing yards (6,472)[113]
  • Most career rushing touchdowns (54)
  • Most rushing yards in a single season: 1,616[114]
  • Most rushing touchdowns in a single season: 16
  • First player in NFL history to have 100+ rushing yards in his first three postseason games

Film and television

From a young age, Foster expressed a creative interest in activities outside sports, such as poetry in elementary school,[115] and improvisation and theater in high school.[116] Foster first appeared on television as an actor, and not an athlete, as a guest star of the show Hawaii Five-0 in an episode that takes place during the Pro Bowl. He played himself, aiding Danno and McGarrett as they solved the murder of a tech executive, while Foster was in town for the game.[117]

After getting injured in the 2013 season, Foster joined the cast of the movie Draft Day, to play a running back getting drafted into the NFL. The film came out in April 2014.[116] Foster has not ruled out the possibility of partaking in an acting job once again if it does not interrupt his career as an athlete in any way. In an interview on the subject he stated, "I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences in the film industry thus far. So I don't see why, if an opportunity presents itself again, I wouldn't jump on it, but it won't get in the way of my football career because that's first and foremost. That was my dream since I was seven years old."[118]

In 2015, Foster was one of the narrators for the documentary film Unity.[119] On March 8, 2017,[120] Foster appeared on Joe Rogan's podcast the Joe Rogan Experience #928.[121] He responded to comments he made on Twitter about being able to kill a wolf, and discussed his interest in physics, astronomy, artistic endeavors, and his uncensored take on the NCAA and the NFL.[122] Foster also made a guest appearance on the YouTube podcast Painkiller Already (PKA) during which he gave his opinions on the NFL's battle with CTE and continued with his ideas on killing a wolf. He also told his struggles with dealing with instantaneous fame of college football.[123]

Foster started his own podcast, Now What? with Arian Foster,[124] in fall 2017. The podcast (also available on YouTube[125]) features Foster conversing with guests on a wide range of topics "from current events to unexplored regions of our universe."[126]

In 2018, Foster appeared on the MTV series The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars as a contestant raising money for his charity the Arian Foster Foundation.[127]

Music career

Bobby Feeno
Birth nameArian Isa Foster
BornOctober 12, 1986 (age 32)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
GenresHip hop
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2018–present
LabelsUninterrupted

On April 26, 2018, Foster released his debut rap album Flamingo & Koval under the stage name Bobby Feeno on Tidal. The album was recorded under LeBron James record label Uninterrupted. His introduction into the music industry was documented in the docuseries Becoming Bobby Feeno which was produced by Foster, James, Maverick Carter, and Humble Lukanga.[128]

Personal life

As was documented on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, Foster was a philosophy major at the University of Tennessee and is an avid writer of poetry.[37] His first name is an abbreviated form of Aquarian, which means "water bearer", or, according to his father, "holder of knowledge".[8][129] His father is black and his mother is of Mexican descent.[130]

Sporting News called Foster "the most interesting man in the NFL". He became a vegan in July 2012. Though this did not last very long, his diet was a very interesting subject to the media for a period of time. Regarding his diet, he said: "I just like to eat healthy, man. That whole vegan thing, a lot of people are really interested in my food... I've had meat since I've said I don't eat meat anymore. I like to stay with the plant-based foods, but every now and then, I'll eat meat."[131]

Foster revealed his political affiliation during an NFL game, stating he is "in the Green Party", and he voted for Ron Paul, who ran as a Republican in the 2012 Presidential election.[132]

Foster was raised as a Muslim, but has since renounced religion and now identifies as an atheist, although he believes in reincarnation.[133]

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2006 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 2006 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Tennessee entered the 2006 season coming off a 5–6 record (3–5 SEC) in 2005. The Volunteers were given a preseason ranking of #23 in both the Coaches' Poll and the AP Poll.

Led by head coach Phillip Fulmer, the Volunteers played their home games at Neyland Stadium. The 2006 season saw a turnaround from the previous years losing record. The Vols added four wins from the total of the previous season. Also notable was the breakout year turned in by wide receiver Robert Meachem who broke the single season school record for receiving yards.

2007 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 2007 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They won the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference before falling to the eventual national champion LSU Tigers in the SEC Championship Game. The Vols capped off the season by defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the Outback Bowl to finish with a record of 10–4.

The team was led by head coach Phillip Fulmer. The Volunteers played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The 2007 season was the last at Tennessee for four assistants on the staff. Offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe left to be head coach at Duke, taking assistants Matt Luke and Kurt Roper with him, while wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor accepted a co-offensive coordinator's position at Oklahoma State.

2010 Houston Texans season

The 2010 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 9th season in the National Football League and the 5th under head coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans claimed their first winning season in franchise history, with a 9–7 record in 2009, but narrowly missed the playoffs. The Texans selected Kareem Jackson CB from Alabama, with the 20th overall all pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2010, the team started the season on a 4–2 record going into a Week 7 bye week, but promptly collapsed 2–8 in the second part of the season, finishing 6–10.

The Texans gave up 427 points to opponents (26.2 points per game), second-most in the AFC and fourth-most in the entire league. Football statistics site Football Outsiders states that the Texans' defense had allowed the highest percentage of plays with broken tackles in the league, allowing a broken tackle on 8.1% of defensive plays. FO also calculated that Houston had the #2 offense in the league per play (adjusted for strength of opponent), but the second-worst defense (also adjusted). In their final eight losses, the Texans allowed an average of just under 30.4 points per game.

Undrafted second year running back Arian Foster led the NFL in rushing in 2010 with 1,616 yards. Foster had rushed for 257 yards in six games the season before.

2011 All-Pro Team

There are three 2011 All-Pro Teams—one each named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and Sporting News—for performance in the 2011 NFL season. While none of these have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2012 Pro Bowl), they are included (separately) in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro."

The AP team, with first- and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of 50 NFL writers; the Sporting News selection process uses a panel of 50 NFL coaches and executives, while the PFWA team is chosen by polling its 300+ members.

2011 ESPY Awards

The 19th ESPY Awards were held on July 13, 2011, at the Nokia Theatre, hosted by Seth Meyers. ESPY Award is short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award.

2012 All-Pro Team

There are three 2012 All-Pro Teams—one each named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and Sporting News—for performance in the 2012 NFL season. While none of these have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2013 Pro Bowl), they are included (separately) in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro."

The AP team, with first- and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of 50 NFL writers; the Sporting News selection process used a panel of 27 NFL coaches and executives, while the PFWA team is chosen by polling its 300+ members.

2012 Houston Texans season

The 2012 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 11th season in the National Football League and the 7th under head coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans improved on their 10–6 record from 2011, in which the team earned its first playoff berth and division title in franchise history. The Texans won their second consecutive AFC South division title, and defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs for a second consecutive season, but were defeated by the New England Patriots in the divisional round.

2014 Houston Texans season

The 2014 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 13th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Bill O'Brien. Despite missing the playoffs for the second season in a row, the Texans greatly improved upon their 2–14 record from 2013, finishing 9–7.

2015 Houston Texans season

The 2015 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 14th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Bill O'Brien.

Houston started the season going into their bye week at 3–5, including blowout losses to the Atlanta Falcons (21–48) and against the Miami Dolphins (26–44). However, the Texans had a surge in the second half of the season, going 6–2 after the bye. The 2015 season marked the first time the Texans beat the Colts in Indianapolis, helped in part by third–string quarterback Brandon Weeden. The Texans matched their win total from the 2014 season, finishing 9–7, and gained their first division title and postseason trip since 2012, but were shut out, 0–30, at home by the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round.

The 2015 Houston Texans were featured on the HBO documentary series Hard Knocks.

Ben Tate

Benjamin Franklin Tate (born August 21, 1988) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn. Tate also played for the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Houston Texans records

This article details statistics relating to the Houston Texans American football team.

Jay Prosch

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List of Afro-Latinos

This is a list of people of Afro-Latino descent. An Afro-Latin American (also Afro-Latino) is a Latin American person of Black African descent; the term may also refer to historical or cultural elements in Latin America thought to emanate from this community.Many Brazilians, Dominicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Panamanians, Hondurans, Mexicans and other Latinos can fall under this label. 95% of the Africans who came into the Americas during the transatlantic slave trade were scattered about Latin America and the Caribbean. The very first Africans to reach the New World arrived on the island of Hispaniola, which is the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Dominicans and Haitians are descendants of the first African slaves in the New World, yet the majority of Africans to inhabit any American nation inhabited Brazil. Only 5% of the Africans to arrive in the Americas went to North America, who are the African Americans, descendants of the last and the fewest Africans to reach the New World.

40 Cal - rapper

Tatyana Ali - actress and singer

Roberto Alomar - former Puerto Rican baseball player

Laz Alonso - actor

Nahshon Dion Anderson - writer, former actor and model

Anitta - singer

Carmelo Anthony - American NBA small forward and power forward

La La Anthony - disc jockey, television personality and actress

Taís Araújo - Brazilian actress and model

Eva Ayllón - composer and singer

AZ - rapper

Lloyd Banks - rapper

Jean-Michel Basquiat - artist, musician

Swizz Beatz - rapper, producer

Aloe Blacc - American singer and songwriter

Elijah Blake - singer-songwriter

Ursula Burns - business executive

Miguel Cabrera - Venezuelan baseball player

Ilia Calderón - journalist

Tego Calderón - reggaeton singer-songwriter, rapper and actor

Mariah Carey - vocalist and actor

John Carlos - former track and field champion, famous for his 1968 Olympics Black Power salute

Matt Cedeño - actor and former model

Orlando Cepeda - former Puerto Rican baseball player

Hugo Chavez - former Venezuelan President

Roberto Clemente - former Puerto Rican baseball player

Celia Cruz - Cuban-American salsa singer and performer

Victor Cruz - football player, former NFL wide receiver for the New York Giants.

Sammy Davis, Jr. - entertainer

Rosario Dawson - actress, singer and writer

Melissa De Sousa - actress

Sylvia del Villard - actress, dancer, choreographer and activist

Carlos Delgado - former Puerto Rican baseball player

Kat Deluna - musician

Graciela Dixon - former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Panama

Rudy Duthil - advertising executive

Dave East - rapper

Alfred Enoch - actor

Adriano Espaillat - New York congressman

Fabolous - rapper

Antonio Fargas - actor

Cheo Feliciano - Puerto Rican singer of salsa and bolero music

Leonel Fernández - former President of the Dominican Republic

Tony Fernández - former Dominican baseball player

Juan Flores - historian, professor, Afro-Latino Studies scholar

Arian Foster - football player, NFL running back for the Houston Texans

Kevin Gates - rapper

Gilberto Gil - Brazilian singer, political activist and former Minister of Culture

Renee Elise Goldsberry - actress

Herizen Guardiola - actress and singer

Gunplay - rapper

Severiano de Heredia - Cuban-born French politician, president of the municipal council of Paris from 1879 to 1880, first mayor of African descent of a Western world capital

Gwen Ifill - journalist, television newscaster and author

Kid Cudi - musician

Erick Kolthoff - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico

Toña la Negra - singer

Selenis Leyva - actress

Sessilee Lopez - model

Faizon Love - actor and comedian

La Lupe - singer

Maluca Mala - singer and rapper

Juan Marichal - former Dominican baseball pitcher

Bruno Mars - singer

Pedro Martínez - former Dominican baseball pitcher

Miguel - singer-songwriter

Christina Milian - singer and actress

Minnie Miñoso - former Cuban baseball player

Carlos Moore - Cuban writer, journalist and activist

Benny Moré - Cuban singer, bandleader and songwriter

Nancy Morejón - Cuban poet, critic, essayist

N.O.R.E. - rapper

Amaury Nolasco - actor

Soledad O'Brien - broadcast journalist, executive producer and philanthropist

Don Omar - reggaeton singer-songwriter and actor

Johnny Pacheco - Dominican musician, creator of the Fania All-Stars, coined the term "Salsa"

Peedi Peedi - rapper

Tony Peña - former Dominican baseball player

Rosie Perez - actress, dancer, choreographer, director and community activist

Dascha Polanco - actress

Albert Pujols - Dominican baseball player

Dania Ramirez - actress

Manny Ramirez - Dominican baseball player

Charles Rangel - former New York congressman

Judy Reyes - actress

Lais Ribeiro - model

Mychal Rivera - football player, tight end, Oakland Raiders

Naya Rivera - actress

Alex Rodriguez - Dominican-American baseball player

Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez - Puerto Rican salsa singer

Zoe Saldana - actress

Manny Sanguillén - former Panamanian baseball player

Juelz Santana - rapper

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg - Puerto Rican historian, writer, and Afro-Latino activist in the United States; founder of the Schomberg Center for Black Research

Luis Guillermo Solís - Costa Rican president and mulatto

Arlenis Sosa - model

Sammy Sosa - former Dominican baseball player

Vince Staples - rapper

Cecilia Tait - politician and former volleyball player

Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez - Cuban cosmonaut

Tessa Thompson - American actress

Melody Thornton - singer-songwriter and dancer

Luis Tiant - former MLB starting pitcher, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox

Gina Torres - actress

Trina - rapper (Dominican father)

María Urrutia - former weightlifter, athlete and politician

Lauren Velez - actress

Tristan Wilds - actor and singer

Juan Williams - journalist and political analyst

Ivan Barias - Dominican music producer and songwriter

Cardi B - rapper

Ro James - singer

Amara La Negra - singer

Meagan Good - Actress and Director

List of Houston Texans Pro Bowl selections

Every late January–early February since 1950, the National Football League (NFL) hosts the Pro Bowl, its all-star game. Players are selected by the votes of coaches, other players, and fans. As of 2013, the Houston Texans have sent 20 different players to the Pro Bowl since their establishment in 2002 for a total of 37 appearances; Andre Johnson has been invited seven times (although he did not play the fifth time due to an ankle injury), Arian Foster has been invited three times, while Mario Williams, Owen Daniels, Matt Schaub, DeMeco Ryans, Johnathan Joseph, Chris Myers, J. J. Watt, Duane Brown, and Antonio Smith have all been invited twice. Jerome Mathis, Vonta Leach, Gary Walker, Aaron Glenn, Brian Cushing, Wade Smith, Bryan Braman, James Casey, and Danieal Manning have all been selected once, although Cushing decided to skip the Pro Bowl due to various injuries he sustained during the 2009 NFL season.The first Pro Bowl selections from the Houston Texans were during their inaugural year. These were two players acquired in the 2002 NFL Expansion Draft, Walker and Glenn. This was followed two years later by the selection of Johnson, the third-overall pick in the previous year's draft. Their first undrafted player to go to the Pro Bowl was Foster after the 2010 season. Foster has since been selected twice more. The 2013 Pro Bowl roster featured eight Texans, a team record, leading the AFC.

List of Houston Texans awards and honors

The following is a list of individual player awards and accomplishments for the Houston Texans franchise of the National Football League.

Practice squad

In sports, the practice squad, also called the taxi squad or practice roster, is a group of players signed by a team but not part of their main roster. Frequently used in American and Canadian football, they serve as extra players during the team's practices, often as part of the scout team by emulating an upcoming opponent's play style. Because the players on the practice squad are familiar with the team's plays and formations, the practice squad serves as a way to develop inexperienced players for promotion to the main roster. In addition, it provides replacement players for the main roster when players are needed as the result of injuries or other roster moves, such as bereavement leave.

Valley High School (New Mexico)

Valley High School is a public high school in the North Valley area of Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. It is part of the Albuquerque Public Schools district. The school opened in 1954 and enrolls around 1,800 students.

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