Houston Texans fans are giving J.J. Watt quite the sendoff after the star defensive lineman was released on Friday.
Watt revealed Saturday that his charity, the J.J. Watt Foundation, has received a flood of $99 donations from Houston and across the country in the last day. He thanked those who donated in a social media message on Saturday, and even acknowledged those using it as an attempt to recruit him.
Texans fans were always likely to understand the reasons behind Watt moving on, given the state of the team right now. There are definitely no hard feelings.
As for the recruiting attempts, they’re likely coming from a number of NFL cities. That said, based on history, we can probably guess one fanbase is heavily involved.
Houston Texans fans want to show support for Deshaun Watson with the star quarterback currently unhappy with the team, but Watson is asking them to find a safe way to do it.
Texans fans have been organizing a “peaceful rally” that was supposed to take place at 11 a.m. local time on Monday outside NRG Stadium. You can see the flyer that has been circulating here. Prior to the event, Watson took to Twitter to ask fans to cancel due to the potential of spreading COVID-19.
“I’m hearing there is a march planned on my behalf in Houston today. Although I am humbled I ask that whoever is organizing the march cancel for the sake of public safety,” Watson wrote. “Covid is spreading at a high rate & I don’t want any fans to unnecessarily expose themselves to infection.”
The situation between Watson and the Texans has gotten uglier by the day. Watson is furious with team owner Cal McNair for misleading him about the general manager hiring process, and the 25-year-old wants out of Houston. Some within the organization reportedly feel the relationship cannot be salvaged.
Watson may already be eyeing a trade to a specific AFC team, but the Texans will likely try to smooth things out before exploring that.
Kenny Stills understands how his team’s fans are feeling after the dubious DeAndre Hopkins trade, but he doesn’t think vitriol will get them anywhere.
During a Twitter Q&A on Friday, the Houston Texans receiver got a question about if the team hates head coach and GM Bill O’Brien as much as the fans.
“We’re all going to miss HOP,” replied Stills. “But it’s gunna be crucial for us as a team and fan base to move forward. Negativity won’t get us anywhere.”
Discontent with the team and with O’Brien specifically has reached a fever pitch after Hopkins was curiously dealt to Arizona last month for a package centered around running back David Johnson and a 2020 second-round pick. Even Houston’s remaining star does not appear to be pleased with the team.
That said, Stills, who is primed for a bigger role next season without Hopkins, is delivering the message that the fanbase probably needs to hear right now.
Tyrann Mathieu is getting extra bulletin board material ahead of Sunday’s playoff game against his former team.
Local radio host Landry Locker shared video on Friday of a Houston Texans fan who apparently won a football signed by the former Pro Bowl safety and proceeded to punt it right into a lake. Take a look.
Mathieu, who spent the 2018 season with the Texans but is now with the Kansas City Chiefs, reacted to the video, calling it “so lame” and “wack.”
The 27-year-old Mathieu took more money to sign with the Chiefs despite Houston’s reported interest in bringing him back, so that may still play in the minds of Texans fans. In any case, this adds another interesting layer to the weekend’s highly anticipated Chiefs-Texans divisional round game.
T.Y. Hilton had a relatively quiet night in his team’s win over the Houston Texans, but one play he made was arguably the biggest of the game.
And he was sure to mock the hometown fans after making it.
Hilton made a 43-yard catch on 3rd down with less than two minutes remaining to seal the victory for the Indianapolis Colts. After making the great over-the-shoulder grab (which was perfectly thrown by Matt Hasselbeck), Hilton got up and waved “bye-bye” to the crowd.
Or, maybe Hilton was waving at Ryan Mallett, who had this look on his face all night after he was benched in favor of Brian Hoyer. Either way, that had to have made Texans fans want to punch Hilton in the biscuit.
Andre Johnson put the Houston Texans on the board with a touchdown in the second quarter Thursday night, and he pretty much got molested shortly thereafter. The veteran wide receiver jumped into the stands to celebrate the score, which gave one particularly handsy fan an opportunity to grab his junk and spank the s— out of him.
As you can see from the photo above that Lance Zierlein passed along, a blonde woman who was sitting in the first row grabbed a handful of Johnson’s Johnson with her left hand. She spanked him repeatedly with her right.
At least she didn’t run onto the field to grab a player’s butt, because we have seen that before. I don’t know what that Texans fan paid for her ticket, but she definitely got her money’s worth.
GIF via The Big Lead
Andre Johnson and Brian Cushing ripped Houston Texans fans for cheering when quarterback Matt Schaub went down with a lower leg injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s 38-13 blowout loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Schaub was sacked by Chris Long late in the third quarter and had his ankle bent awkwardly as he was tackled. You could hear many of the home fans cheering when Schaub was on the ground in pain and receiving treatment from trainers. That didn’t sit well with many of Schaub’s teammates.
Wide receiver Andre Johnson said the move showed “no class” and that even Rams players couldn’t believe the fan reaction.
“No class. It’s bad when members of the other team are saying that’s messed up. No class,” Johnson said, per Jeff Darlington of NFL.com.
Linebacker Brian Cushing termed the fan reaction “barbaric,” per Sports Radio 610’s Will Grubb.
Grubb also reports that backup quarterback T.J. Yates, who replaced Schaub, said the cheering was “disrespectful” and made him mad.
This is just the latest example of Texans fans going overboard with their poor treatment of Schaub, who admittedly is having a terrible season. First a group of fans burned his jersey, then a restaurant mocked him with a menu item, and then a report said some fans went to his home to confront him over his poor play. We get that he’s having a terrible year and you’re miserable about it, but give the guy a break.
Way to keep it classy, Texans fans.
Some Houston Texans fans confronted quarterback Matt Schaub at his home to complain about his poor play, according to a report.
Sports Radio 610 in Houston’s “Ted and Fred Show” reports that a law enforcement source told them they were contacted by the NFL in response to the incident. Apparently some fans went to Schaub’s house to tell him off and one person even took a picture of the quarterback’s family. It’s believed that Schaub contacted NFL security over the issue, and the league passed along the complaint to Houston police.
The fans apparently left the home before police had a chance to respond.
This is the latest step fans have taken against Schaub during his brutal start to the season. A week ago, we noted that some fans burned his jersey. Then last week a Houston restaurant took a shot at him with a menu item.
Schaub has thrown nine interceptions in five games, including pick-sixes in four straight games. He was so bad in a 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend that the team benched him for backup T.J. Yates.
While most people I know just feel badly for him because we know he’s in a bad slump and capable of doing so much better, there are some jerks out there who decide to take out their frustrations in an awful manner. Unfortunately, this tale is all too common among NFL fans.
The Houston Texans were one of the teams favored to contend for an AFC Championship entering the 2013 season. However, back-to-back losses to the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks already have fans questioning whether the team has improved enough to avoid another embarrassing playoff loss or missing the postseason altogether. More specificially, Texans fans are losing faith in Matt Schaub.
Schaub threw two interceptions in an overtime loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. He has now thrown eight touchdowns and six interceptions through four games. After the game, a group of Seahawks fans stood around and burned Schaub’s jersey. In the video below that The Big Lead passed along, which contains some NSFW language, you can see a guy collecting money to cover the cost of the jersey before burning it.
If you feel like puking today, you’re in luck. We are only one week into the NFL regular season and already fans have begun recording themselves doing incredibly disgusting things to show their allegiance to their team. The gentleman you see above, who was called to our attention by our friends at DC Sports Bog, lost a bet when the Washington Redskins fell to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. As a result, he had to eat some of his own beard.
“I had to eat some of my own beard cuz the redskins lost yesterday,” Washington fan Jason Pickar wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
That was tough to watch, but it would have been much worse if he had to eat someone else’s beard. Elsewhere in this crazy nation, a Houston Texans fan took it 37 steps further just to prove he is not all talk. When the Texans trailed the San Diego Chargers on Monday night by 21 points, the maniac you see below told the football Gods he would drink his own piss if his team came back. Then Philip Rivers happened. Via Deadspin: