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Houston Texans, professional football team, which began play in the National Football League (NFL) during the 2002 season. The Houston, Texas, franchise will be a member of South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) and play its home games in Houston’s new Reliant Stadium.

The NFL accepted Houston’s proposal for a team after a competing bid from Los Angeles, California, fell apart in 1999. The Texans filled the void left by the Houston Oilers, who moved to Tennessee in 1997. The Texans are owned by businessman Robert McNair, and the general manager is Charley Casserly. The franchise selected its team name in September 2000. In early 2001 Houston hired Dom Capers, former defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as its first head coach. Capers was also the first head coach of the Carolina Panthers, who joined the NFL in 1995.

Best Season: 2003 (5-11)
Worst Season: 2002 (4-12)

Historical Moments:

1997-1999: When the Houston Oilers departed for the Music City in 1997, most thought the NFL would never return. However, Bob McNair a wealthy oilman wanted to bring the NFL back to Houston, and when his efforts to bring the NHL to Houston failed in 1997, he stepped up his efforts for bringing back pro-football. McNair and his business partner Chuck Watson put together a plane with the officials from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLS&R) say they will push for the building of a retractable roof stadium that the Rodeo will share with an NFL team, as opposed to renovating the Astrodome. However, despite the organized efforts the NFL wanted to expand to Los Angeles. However, the politicians in LA could not agree on what plan to go with, and the NFL who was so impressed with Houston's plan started to consider putting the 32nd team in Houston. In March of 1999 the NFL gave the city of LA a 6-month deadline to get their plans together. When the Los Angeles officials failed to get an organized plan together the NFL decided to award Bob McNair and Houston the 32nd team that would begin play in 2002.

2002: The NFL returned to Houston as the expansion Texans faced the Dallas Cowboys in a Lone Star State showdown in Primetime on September 8th at Reliant Stadium the first stadium with a retractable roof in the NFL. It would be a magical night for the Texans and they became just the second expansion team since 1960 to win their very first game as the stunned the Cowboys 19-10 with Billy Miller scoring the first TD in franchise history. After the jubilation of their first came the Texans came back to earth losing 5 straight before beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-19 on October 27th for their first ever road victory. After 3 straight losses the Texans would get their 3rd win by stunning the playoff bound New York Giants 16-14 at Reliant Stadium. After a 19-3 loss on the road to the Indianapolis Colts the Texans got their 4th and final win by stunning the NFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers on the road 24-6 as Aaron Glenn returned 2 interceptions for Touchdowns as the Texans won despite being held to 46 yards total offense. The Texans would go on to lose their final 4 games to finish with a 4-12 record. Setting the tone for the Texans resiliency and toughness was QB David Carr who took every snap despite being sacked a NFL record 76 times.

2003: The Texans got their second season started in grand style as they stunned the Miami Dolphins in the first game of the season on the road 21-20, as they were listed as 2 Touchdown underdogs. After losing their next 2 games the Texans faced the prospect of a 1-3 start trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-17 in the final seconds at Reliant Stadium. After 3 failed attempts at the Goaline, Coach Dom Capers decided to roll the dice going for the win instead of the game tying FG. The gamble would pay off as QB David Carr snuck the ball past the goaline on the games final play to give the Texans a dramatic 24-20 win. After losing their next 3 games the Texans played the roll of bad hosts for eventual NFC Champion beating the Carolina Panthers 14-10. After splitting the next 2 games the Texans gave the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots all they could handle as they led most of the way before the Patriots tied the game in the final minute. The Patriots would go on to win the game 23-20 in overtime, but they walked away knowing like the Panthers their Super Bowl Opponents at Reliant Field were no pushovers. A week later the Texans would with 5 game of the season over the Atlanta Falcons 17-13. However numerous injuries would take their toll as they would not win another game the rest of the way finishing with a 5-11 record.

Odds and Ends:
Song: Houston Texans Number 1
Cheerleaders: Texans Cheerleaders
Mascot: Toro

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