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Chuck Pagano dances in locker room after win (Video)

chuck-pagano-dancingChuck Pagano returned to the Colts sideline for the first time since being diagnosed with leukemia three months ago. The first-year head coach witnessed his team beat the Houston Texans 28-16 in Week 17 to improve to 11-5. After an emotional win, Pagano decided to break it down in the team’s locker room by showing off his best dance moves. He even locked arms with owner Jim Irsay and the two did a dance together at one point.

Pagano is so well regarded across the league, he was even recognized by an opponent. Texans running back Arian Foster gave a respect tap and bow to a “Chuckstrong” sign in the end zone after scoring a touchdown:

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Arian Foster receives get well letter from a young fan, makes it his Twitter avatar

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Arian Foster is expected to start for the Houston Texans against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend after leaving the team’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter last Sunday with an irregular heartbeat. Foster’s exit from that game was merely a precaution. He passed a series of tests on Monday, but that didn’t stop a young fan from being concerned about him.

The photo you see above was shared by a Twitter user who said his daughter wanted to write a get well letter to Foster because she was worried about him and his heart. Foster retweeted it and thanked the young lady for the love, and he even appreciated it so much that he made it his Twitter avatar.

Foster finding the letter and putting it on display is yet another reason why he’s one of the best players in the NFL to follow on Twitter. He finds creative ways to give tickets away and even makes the occasional hilarious joke. Most importantly, he legitimately seems to care about his fans. In this era of pro sports, that’s an extremely rare quality.

Arian Foster, Brooks Reed reportedly expected to start against Colts

Arian Foster and Brooks Reed are both expected to start in Houston’s Week 17 contest against the Indianapolis Colts despite their medical issues, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Foster left Sunday’s 23-6 Week 16 loss to Minnesota in the third quarter with an irregular heartbeat. Though doctors said he could have returned to the game, coach Gary Kubiak kept the running back out as a precaution. Foster underwent testing on Monday.

“Just to be sure but everything has been positive and we’re expecting him to be back,” Kubiak said via the Chronicle.

Foster tweeted earlier in the day that everything was back to normal:

Knowing Foster, it’s a surprise he thanked his Twitter followers for their concern instead of ripping them like he has in the past.

In addition to Foster, Reed is also expected to start next week despite leaving the Vikings game with an aggravated groin.

“Brooks got sore, which we expected,” Kubiak said. “We went into the game expecting to play him a certain amount of plays. We knew he would get sore. There was probably some scar tissue-type stuff that he was going to have to go through, but there were no setbacks.”

The 12-3 Texans have already clinched the AFC South, but they’re battling for playoff seeding. They visit the 10-5 Colts on Sunday.

Arian Foster buys Texans offensive line Segways for Christmas (Picture)

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‘Tis the season for giving and showing your appreciation, which is why Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has apparently decided to show the men who open up holes for him every Sunday how much they mean to him.

Foster is fourth in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards, meaning his offensive line has been working hard on the field this season. Now that Foster has decided to buy them all Segways, they won’t have to work as hard off of it. Houston left tackle Duane Brown tweeted the photo you see above on Wednesday with the following message for Foster:

“Shoutout to my dawg Arian Foster hookin the O-Line up with Segways for Christmas!!!”

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Arian Foster in response to Rob Parker: ‘I’m going to work on my blackness today’

Rob-ParkerBy making some incredibly insensitive and idiotic comments about Robert Griffin III on Thursday, ESPN’s Rob Parker has created the buzz he was looking for. As you have probably heard, Parker questioned RG3′s blackness while pointing out that he is a Republican and has a white fiance, among other things.

After Parker made the comments on “First Take,” a Twitter user decided to ask Arian Foster if he had any thoughts on the matter. Foster, who is always willing to engage fans on Twitter and discuss important topics, initially gave the following response:

Both of those tweets sum up the issue perfectly, but Foster wasn’t done. As of Friday morning, the Texans running back had apparently figured out who Parker was and learned the details of his moronic remarks. That led to these hilarious comments:

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Arian Foster gives away free tickets to fan who digs up his first ever tweet

One of the great things about professional athletes being on Twitter is that on certain occasions fans are given the opportunity to win free tickets. On Monday, Drew Gooden of the Milwaukee Bucks came up with a pretty gross idea that resulted in a lucky fan scoring tickets to his team’s game against the Chicago Bulls. On Tuesday, Arian Foster also gave away some free tickets — albeit in a more sanitary way.

If you look at Foster’s timeline on his Twitter account, it appears he was trying to go back and figure out what the first tweet he ever sent was. However, he was getting an error message after trying to go back more than a couple months. That’s when he decided to offer free Texans tickets to the first one of his followers who could find his first ever tweet.

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Arian Foster dislocates finger, has it popped back in place (Video)

You really think a beast of a running back like Arian Foster was going to let something as minor as a dislocated finger keep him out of Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions? Not a chance. The Houston Texans back dislocated his pinky on a run in overtime, but he didn’t let it keep him down. He calmly walked over to his sideline where a trainer (or coach?) pushed it back into place. All he needed after that was a little tape and he was back to contribute to Houston’s 34-31 overtime win. Foster finished with 102 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and 5 catches for 15 yards.

At least his dislocated finger wasn’t as nasty as this one.

Video via @cjzero