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Ben Tate does Arian Foster bow after touchdown (GIF)

Ben Tate pointBen Tate honored Arian Foster by doing his teammate’s end zone celebration after scoring a touchdown on Sunday.

Tate scored three times in the Houston Texans’ 34-31 loss at home to the New England Patriots. He scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter, 20-yard run in the second quarter, and he put the Texans up 31-28 on a 10-yard score in the fourth. After scoring in the fourth, Tate pointed to Foster on the sidelines and then bowed to the crowd just like Foster does.

It was a cool gesture by Tate, who finished with 102 yards on 22 carries. He has been running full-time for the Texans since Foster injured his back in Week 9 and underwent surgery.

Arian Foster stock will soon be something fans can invest in

Arian-Foster-Rips-Fantasy-OwnersMillions of people across the world complain about how much professional athletes make on a daily basis. The average person has a hard time fathoming how someone could get paid $20 million a year to hit a baseball or shoot a basketball. Why can’t we have some of that money? That’s how a lot of people think, and thanks to Houston Texans running back Arian Foster that could soon be possible.

According to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell, a company called Fantex Brokerage Services announced on Thursday that it is planning to create an opportunity where fans can invest in stock that is directly related to the performance of a professional athlete’s brand. The first athlete that the public will be able to buy stock in is Foster.

Foster has reportedly agreed to a deal with Fantex where the company pays him $10 million in exchange for a 20% stake in his future income — both on and off the field. Fans who buy stock in Foster will be investing in his business value. As we know, athletes who perform well on the field are more likely to profit from endorsements and other business opportunities. Should that happen with Foster, for example, his stock might go up. If he somehow became an ineffective player and lost his starting job, the opposite might happen.

“Fantex is bringing sports and business together in a way never previously thought possible,” company CEO Buck French told ESPN in a statement. “By building a marketplace that allows customers to buy shares in a tracking stock linked to the value and performance of an athlete’s brand, Fantex is enabling a new level of brand advocacy through ownership.”

Fantex will pay Foster $10 million now and can collect 20% of his earnings going forward. The company is currently taking reservations and could be selling Foster stock publicly by next month.

This obviously raises a ton of questions that only a financial expert could answer adequately. Will athletes be willing to give up a portion of their future income early in their careers, essentially making them the equivalent of a start-up company? As French pointed out to Rovell, some athletes would even be a good investment later in their careers because of post-retirement business ventures and endorsements. Brett Favre and Wrangler come to mind.

We expect to hear much more about this in the coming months.

Arian Foster called players-only meeting after loss to Seattle Seahawks

Arian-Foster-Rips-Fantasy-OwnersHow concerned are the Houston Texans about their 2-2 start to the 2013 season? Concerned enough for Arian Foster to call a players-only meeting after the team’s most recent loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Houston lost in overtime on Sunday after Matt Schaub threw two interceptions, one of which came toward the end of the fourth quarter and may have cost the Texans the game. According to the Houston Chronicle, Foster called a players-only meeting with his teammates on Monday. Defensive end Antonio Smith reportedly did a lot of the talking.

“Antonio is a strong, strong presence,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who obviously was not present for the meeting, said. “When he speaks, guys listen. He cares so much. It was hard to walk in there after a game like that, whether you’re a coach or a player and understand that whenever you’ve given everything you possibly have and you don’t get it done, it’s a very tough pill to swallow.

“It’s easy to not say anything. I think the important thing is that you do talk about it, and you let everybody know you’re committed to what’s going on. And that’s what he did, and he continued to do it in meetings. It hurts, but we’re a strong group. We’ll rally.”

The Texans are not 0-4. They have lost back-to-back games to the Baltimore Ravens and a Seahawks team that many consider the Super Bowl favorite, so there’s no need to panic just yet. Fans can continue to burn Schaub’s jersey in the parking lot after games, but the team needs to ignore all that and focus on getting back on track. Aside from the Denver Broncos, no AFC team looks overwhelming at the moment.

Dick Vitale rips Arian Foster, compares him to prostitute

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Houston Texans running back Arian Foster recently admitted that he received improper benefits during his college years at Tennessee, which is hardly a surprise given the state of collegiate athletics. Many players prior to Foster have taken money and others will continue to violate rules until a logical solution is formulated.

After seeing the footage of Foster in the upcoming EPIX documentary “School: The Price of College Sports,” ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale sent out a tweet comparing Foster and others who take money to prostitutes.

Vitale’s colleague Jay Bilas, who recently did a phenomenal job of exposing the NCAA for profiting off athletes’ names, would likely have a much different take.

I don’t think you can describe what Foster did in the documentary as “moaning.” He was simply telling the truth and shedding light onto a widespread issue. Comparing an athlete to a person who gets paid for sex seems a bit dramatic.

H/T Black Sports Online

Arian Foster admits he took money in college at Tennessee

Arian-Foster-Rips-Fantasy-OwnersHouston Texans running back Arian Foster is the latest professional athlete to admit that he took improper benefits while in college. Those benefits ranged from taking cash to asking his coach at Tennessee to buy him some food.

In an upcoming EPIX documentary that discusses the growing issue of whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid, Foster spoke about not having enough money to survive on a day-to-day basis. Rather than go hungry, he says he accepted money.

“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year, I was getting money on the side,” said Foster, as uncovered by Sports Illustrated. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”

Foster said it is only natural for players to be rubbed the wrong way knowing there are over 100,000 people buying a ticket to watch them play and they are not allowed to see any of the profits.

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Arian Foster a risky fantasy pick with back, calf injuries

Arian FosterArian Foster has been one of the best running backs in football the past three seasons and one of the most productive players in fantasy football during that span. For the third year in a row, he enters the season as a somewhat risky fantasy football pick because of injuries. This time I think the concerns are more serious than usual.

Foster is dealing with back and calf injuries and has not practiced during training camp. He continues to miss timetables given by head coach Gary Kubiak, who has consistently expected the running back to practice. Though the calf issue does not appear to be serious, the back problem is a real concern.

Kubiak told reporters during a news conference on Sunday that Foster will not be at practice on Monday because he needs time after getting injections for his back. Kubiak said the pain from the back has migrated down to Foster’s legs, which is a common issue for those who have nerve problems.

Kubiak’s comments led Houston Chronicle Texans writer John McClain to write that he would be worried about Foster’s status for the season opener.

Foster has been one of the most overworked backs in football the past three years. He had 393 touches in 2010 (327 rushes, 66 receptions); 390 touches in 2011 including playoffs (329 rushes, 61 receptions); and he had an absurd 460 touches in 2012 including playoffs (405 rushes, 55 receptions). There aren’t many players who touched the ball as often as he has the past three years and not experienced a setback. I love his talent, but I have serious concerns about his workload taking its toll.

H/T Rotoworld

Arian Foster ‘refocused and rededicated,’ wants to have a bounce-back season

Arian-Foster-TexansHouston Texans running back Arian Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and scored 15 rushing touchdowns last season. He added another 217 yards and two touchdowns receiving. Apparently it was not enough.

Foster’s receiving numbers were down from years past and his 4.1 yards per carry average was the lowest of his career, but almost anyone would tell you he had a fantastic year. Despite that, the 26-year-old is looking to “bounce back” in 2013.

“I’ve just been relaxing,” Foster told FOX Sports Southwest’s Patti Smith on Saturday, via the Houston Texans’ official website. “I’ve just been relaxing and working really hard. I think this has probably (been) one of my most intense training offseasons I’ve had since I’ve been in the NFL. I just want to bounce back. I didn’t feel like I had the best season last year.”

By the way, Foster made his third consecutive Pro Bowl last year. He also led the league in total touchdowns with 17. Texans fans must love his lack of satisfaction.

“I just didn’t feel like I was at my best, and it’s gonna change this year,” he said. “(I’ve) just refocused and rededicated myself to another level, and hopefully it shows. I’m not traveling. I’m not doing a lot. I’m here in Houston and I’m training.”

If you remember, Foster also quit Twitter at the beginning of the month. That was a disappointment since he was one of the few NFL players who actually provided insightful thoughts and used Twitter for awesome reasons, but not tweeting fits in with his offseason approach. After all, the last thing he wants to do is have another disappointing season like the 1,424 rushing yards he had last year.