A brief Look at the Houston Texans Professional Football Team History
The Houston Texans are a professional American football team and a member club of AFC (American Football Conference) South Division that competes in the National Football League (NFL). The team was established in the year 2002 when it played its first season as an NFL expansion team. It was founded by a person known as Bob McNair in 1997 after the previous professional team Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee to become the Tennessee Titans. Since the team played its first season in 2002, their home field has been Reliant Stadium which changed its name to NRG stadium, Houston in 2013. Houston Texans team is currently the youngest franchise in the NFL and the only franchise which has never played in a conference championship game.
The first professional football team in Houston was the Houston Oilers. The team was started in 1959 by owner Bud Adams who was also a co-founder of the AFL. The Houston Oilers took part in the first ever AFL championship match and beat the then Los Angeles Chargers to claim the title. The oilers and their fans continued to enjoy many years of football in Houston before their owner decided to unceremoniously move the team to Tennessee in 1996 with the lure of a new state of the art stadium which they moved into in 1998. Despite huge public outcry against the move the owner decided to move the team anyway and pay millions to the city of Houston for damages for the loss of the team to the city. With football being such a huge part of Texas it would not be long before professional football would be returned to the city of Houston and their great and loyal fans. However, it was not easy to get a new team and many obstacles had to be overcome before the NFL would grant Houston with a new franchise.
In 1999, it was decided that L.A. would get the expansion franchise, but only if they could have an ownership team and stadium deal in place by September 15th of that year. The two groups in L.A. were facing a standoff, and tax dollars were not allowed to be used for the new stadium, putting the progress at a standstill. It was at this point that they realized that L.A. was not nearly as prepared to host an NFL franchise as Houston, who already had plans for a state-of-the-art stadium and the proper people in place for team ownership and building the franchise. The Houston officials were told to attend a meeting in Atlanta with the NFL owners, at which point the L.A. group put in a bid of $540 million for the new franchise. However, McNair had better financial resources and wisdom, bidding $700 million for the franchise, this gave them the rights to the franchise, as well as the 2004 Super Bowl game.
Reliant Stadium broke ground in 2000, and the officials worked quickly to establish a team name, logo, and uniforms so that they could begin play as soon as the stadium was completed. In the later part of the year, the Houston Texans were christened during a downtown celebration, where the new team logo was unveiled. Dom Capers was hired in 2001 as the head coach of the team, and by 2002 the Houston Texans team was ready for action. Their first game came in September against the Cowboys, which they rightfully won. This made them only the second expansion team in NFL history to win their first game of the regular season, although they subsequently lost the next five games.
The Houston Texans team’s uniform today consists of a dark blue helmet, white or blue pants, and white or blue jerseys. Their current head coach Bill O’Brien who took over from Wade Phillips from January 2, 2014. The top players since 2015 have been J.J. Watt, Aria Foster, DeAndre Hopkins, Vince Wilfork, Brian Cushing among others. Their current Net worth, according to the Forbes, is $1.4 billion.