Houston Texans' Humble Beginnings
The Houston Texans were born out of failure; the failure of the Houston Oilers to succeed in Houston and the failure of the Money People to come up with a stadium solution in Los Angeles. Enter Houston business mogul Bob McNair who ponied up several hundreds of million dollars to convince the NFL, by a 29-0 vote in October of 1999, to award Houston the league's 32nd franchise.
Unfortunately, for Houston football fans, the Texans, thus far, have largely proven to, themselves, be a failure. The team's had just one winning record in its history, and it has yet to come close to even sniffing the playoffs. Yet Houstonians continue to pack Reliant Stadium week after week to watch the city's second NFL franchise try game after game, year after year, to rise from the ashes of failure and soar to the heights of success.
The team's name was announced on September 6, 2000 before thousands of attendees at an outdoor rally in downtown Houston. The announcement of the team's name was followed later that day by Bob McNair throwing out the first pitch - which happened to be a football - to the owner of the Houston Astros, Drayton McLane, before an Astros game at the then named Enron Field.
Team Uniforms, First GM, First Coach
The team's uniforms were unveiled on September 25, 2001, and it was on this date that the team's cheerleaders also made their public debut.
The team's first general manager was the respected Charley Casserly, who before joining the Texans, had teamed with Joe Gibbs to help make the Washington Redskins a powerhouse in the 1980s and 90s. The first head coach was Dom Capers who had also been the first head coach of the Carolina Panthers, and who, in his second year as head coach, led that team to the NFC title game where they lost to the Green Bay Packers.
Houston Texans' First Draft Pick
The team's very first amateur draft pick was David Carr, a quarterback from Fresno State. And on September 8, 2002, before a huge, nationwide audience viewing on ESPN, he led the Texans to one of the great upset victories in football history as the Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-10 in the team's very first regular season game.
Unfortunately for the team, things have been all downhill from that point on. Capers and Casserly were let go after the team's fourth season, a disastrous season that saw the Texans go 2-14 a year after having finished 7-9.
But by virtue of their record, the Texans once again had the first pick in the draft. Instead of drafting local hero Vince Young from the University of Texas, or drafting the Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, the team instead chose the virtually unknown defensive lineman Mario William.