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Arian Foster wants a cut of rapper Joe Budden’s fantasy football winnings?

Arian Foster is going first overall in most fantasy drafts this season. With Matt Schaub at the helm and Andre Johnson always a health concern, the Texans passing game isn’t exactly top flight. Like they did last season, Houston will lean heavily on Foster and give him a ton of touches.

It appears that rapper Joe Budden is no different from the rest of us — he wants Foster on his fantasy team. The only difference is he had the ability to ask Foster directly if he was a safe pick. Check out this screenshot of a text message that Budden posted on Twitter:

Assuming that really was a text from Foster, it sounds like he is feeling confident — even with his new vegan diet. The photo itself has since been deleted, most like per Foster’s request because of his unfortunate use of language. If he’s confident enough to tell Budden to pick him, you should probably consider Arian a safe selection on draft day.

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Arian Foster says he is going vegan, fantasy football world takes a deep breath

Believe it or not, fantasy football drafts are right around the corner. For those of you who had a brutal season like myself, the break has been been welcomed. For those who were lucky good enough to win your leagues, the new season can’t come soon enough. One recent piece of news that has seemed to rattle the fantasy football world a bit is Arian Foster’s announcement that he is going vegan.

“Officially a vegan now,” Foster wrote on Twitter last week. “We’ll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful.”

Some obvious questions come to mind when you hear that a player has cut dairy, meat and fish out of their diet. Will he be in the same physical condition he has been over the past few years? Will Foster still be able to run through people? Will the new diet affect his overall conditioning? Has he gone soft? Considering Foster is expected to go in the first round of all standard scoring fantasy drafts once again, you can understand why people are curious.

Foster has made it clear in the past that he doesn’t think very highly of his fantasy football owners, so I doubt he’s concerned with what they think about his vegan diet. As far as losing weight on is concerned, Prince Fielder once went vegetarian for a few months and it didn’t seem to affect him. Foster is a professional, so it’s probably safe to assume he’s not going to make any type of lifestyle change that will affect his status as one of the best backs in the league. He just might eat more wheat grass.

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Arian Foster Does the Dream Shake After Scoring Touchdown

Texans running back Arian Foster told a bunch of Houston Rockets fans earlier in the week that he would do Hakeem Olajuwon’s Dream Shake if he scored a touchdown in the team’s playoff game against the Bengals. The catch was that the Rockets had to beat the Lakers Tuesday night, which they didn’t. Even though the Rockets didn’t win the bet, Foster still did the Dream Shake after scoring an 8-yard touchdown run.

Here’s the real Dream Shake for comparison:

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Arian Foster Shaves Texans Logo into Hair for Playoff Game (Picture)

How does Texans running back Arian Foster get prepared for his team’s playoff game against the Bengals? By shaving the Texans logo into his hair. He’s no Antonio Garay, but we appreciate the effort and passion he has for his team. What will truly make the day special is if he does the Dream Shake in the end zone like he said he might.

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Arian Foster May Do Hakeem’s Dream Shake if He Scores Touchdown Saturday

The Houston Texans are playing in their first playoff game in franchise history Saturday, and Arian Foster may celebrate accordingly if he scores a touchdown.

The Texans running back was joking with his mostly Houston-based Twitter followers Tuesday about the Rockets-Lakers basketball game.

Foster, who is a Lakers fan, accepted a fan’s challenge that he’d do a Rockets-themed touchdown celebration if Houston beat LA. That led to the following tweet:

“The masses seem to be going with Hakeem’s #dreamshake. If I get the honor of gracing the endzone, I will pay homage to the Houston legend,” Foster said.

Only one problem: the Rockets had to beat the Lakers, and they lost 108-99.

Given how enthusiastic Foster was about doing the Dream Shake, I wouldn’t be surprised if he broke it out at some point Saturday, or in the future. After all, Foster’s celebration is a bow to the crowd to show respect for the game. Why wouldn’t he want to show respect to Hakeem Olajuwon?

Arian Foster Wouldn’t Have Drafted Himself Out of College

Arian Foster led the NFL in rushing yards (1,616), yards from scrimmage (2,220), rushing touchdowns (16) and total touchdowns (18) last season. He’s seventh in the NFL in rushing yards this season despite missing two games with a hamstring injury. He’s also third in receiving yards by a running back, slightly behind Ray Rice and Darren Sproles. What makes Foster’s accomplishments even more impressive is that he was undrafted coming out of college. The only other undrafted running back who put up similar stats is Priest Holmes.

You might wonder how such a talented player went undrafted while 20 other running backs were picked in 2009, but there are several reasons why. One, Foster’s combine-type stats weren’t too impressive. Two, he shared carries in his senior seasons at Tennessee, so his college stats didn’t stand out. Three, he had an attitude issue that he admits was so bad he wouldn’t have even drafted himself. I finally had a chance to watch Foster’s E:60 profile, and I was surprised to hear him say that.

“I had a real bitter taste in my mouth leaving the University of Tennessee,” he said. “My attitude was … I didn’t care. In 2009, following my senior season, I entered my name to the NFL draft. I wasn’t expecting to go the first two days. Finally the 7th round comes and somebody from the Seattle Seahawks calls me and says ‘how do you feel about being picked?’ I was so upset at the time — and this is really bad — my attitude was like ‘yeah man, that would be OK.’

“I wouldn’t have picked me either, honestly,” Foster admitted. “When the draft ended, I felt like my NFL dreams did too.”

Texans GM Rick Smith says not a lot of good things were being said about Foster when he was coming out of college. Arian signed on to Houston’s practice squad, and because of injuries, he ended up playing the final four games of the season. He scored three touchdowns in the team’s final two games, and thanks to preseason injuries, he ended up as the team’s feature back in 2010. The rest is history.

Foster isn’t the first player to have attitude problems coming out of college. The good news is he was able to channel the disappointment into motivation, and that has helped him become a star.

Arian Foster Visits Occupy Wall Street Movement During Bye Week (Picture)

The Houston Texans are on their bye week. With his team tied for the best record in the AFC at 7-3, star running back Arian Foster decided to travel to New York during the week off. While he was there, he checked out the Occupy Wall Street movement to “learn first hand of their perspective.”

If you follow Foster on Twitter, you know that he’s intellectual. He’s unafraid to call out fans who have poor priorities, and he has a sense of humor. Some athletes get themselves in trouble through their Twitter use, but others use it as a tool to give the public an inside look at their personality.

It’s not about whether you agree with the Occupy Wall Street movement, it’s that Foster is open-minded enough to hear different opinions before making his decisions. That approach should be appreciated by everyone.