Posted on: January 10, 2009 11:46 am
"To be honest, I do feel like I’m the best receiver in the NFL." - Wide receiver Andre Johnson
The Texans' season may be over, but the accolades and first time evers still pile up for Andre Johnson.
Yesterday, Johnson was named 1st Team All-Pro, the first Texan offensive player to over be named All-Pro and the first ever offensive or defensive player for the Texans named 1st Team All-Pro. Other Texan All-Pros were Jerome Mathis (2005 1st Team kick returner) and a pair of defensive 2nd Teamers in 2007 (Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans).
Andre led the NFL in receptions in 2008 with 115 as well as in receiving yards with 1,575. Johnson also led the league in receptions in 2006. Other 2008 accolades for Andre include being named a starter the Pro Bowl, being named the NFL Alumni Wide Receiver of the Year and being named to Peter King's All-Pro first team.
All this while having his starting quarterback miss 5 games and having his quarterbacks throw the second most interceptions in the league.
"It’s always a tremendous honor to be mentioned as one of the top guys in the league," Johnson said. "Like I always say, when you go out and you play and perform well, good things happen."
Posted on: December 15, 2008 7:48 am
"The reason he is so special is because I can move him all over the place and it doesn't bother him. There are some players that you ask them to play too many spots and they get bogged down. He says, 'Where do you want me to go?'" - coach Gary Kubiak
His end zone celebrations will never include a Sharpie, a baby's diaper, a cell phone or an Usain Bolt sprinter's stance.
You won't see him on the sidelines screaming at offensive coordinators.
He's not likely to be interviewed on the Deion Sanders Show.
He doesn't need to all those things to get attention. He can get his attention another way.
By being the best wide receiver in the game today.
NFL fans. Meet Andre Johnson.
Oh yeah, that's right. He plays for the Texans so many of you have already dismissed him as being nothing. Well, you might want to open your eyes to that other team in the Lone Star State. Forget about the secret handshake club in Dallas that is allegedly a conspiracy to keep the ball away from the guy who loves him some him. No, look further south. What will you find?
You will find the man who leads the league in receiving yards with 1,408. Almost 100 yards ahead of second place. You will find the man who leads the league in receptions with 103. 1 more than Wes Welker's 102.
You will find Andre Johnson.
Against the Titans, Andre caught 11 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown and almost assuredly will be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, which would be the third different Texan to gain that honor in the past three weeks.
"He has big-play ability and has a way to spark us by getting a big catch. He did that numerous times today for us. He brings a whole lot of excitement and energy to our team when he goes up like he did on that one drive and catches that go-route over everyone’s heads. It brings an energy level to our team when he makes a play like that,” Matt Schaub said about Johnson.
And Andre does it quietly. But... "He’s kind of like E.F. Hutton – when he speaks, everybody listens. Today, he stood up and talked in front of the team for a few minutes," said Kubiak.
And what did Andre have to say?
“Over Thanksgiving, everyone was talking about what they were thankful for in the chapel service that we have. We were sitting in a circle and everybody was just saying what they were thankful for, and it was kind of shocking because other than the guys’ kids or their families, the first thing that came out of their mouths was this team. I was telling everybody about that, even the guys who weren’t there. I was just letting them know that the guys here are really thankful for their teammates. I think that’s showing this past month, that the guys are just giving it up for the team and it’s not about one guy, it’s about everybody.”
And that's the final ingredient that makes Andre Johnson the best at his position.
He plays for the Texans. He doesn't play for Andre.
Posted on: October 30, 2008 9:44 am
The days of the Houston Texans' offense being one of the worst in the league are no more. Game after game, week after week, month after month, the Texans' offense reaches a new team milestone to continually show that they are no longer the offense that was squashed week after week in previous seasons.
For the first time ever, a Houston Texan has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Month. The NFL named Andre Johnson the recipient of this award for the month of October. Johnson had 41 receptions for 593 yards and two touchdowns in four games in October. His 41 catches were 11 more than the next-closest receiver, and his 593 yards were nearly 150 more than the next-closest.
Andre Johnson is the only Texan offensive player to make it to the Pro Bowl.
“This guy is the best receiver in the league, and he proves that week in and week out,” Texans' wide receiver Kevin Walter said. “It starts in practice, too. He comes to work, he practices his tail off and it shows on Sunday. I’m glad he’s here.”
“The month that he’s had has been extremely special. And people are trying to do some things to take him away but, we’re really moving him around. He’s responded to that. He responds to the mental pressure we put on him to get him open," said Texan's head coach Gary Kubiak.
Vikings' head coach Brad Childress, who now has the task of gameplanning to stop Andre Johnson, has an idea why he is exploding at this moment. “I see growth and I see a healthy guy. That’s probably the biggest thing. I just see him being comfortable. They’re displacing him, they’re moving him around, which tells me he’s spending time in his playbook. And he knows how to be moved around. It’s kind of like a ‘Where’s Waldo’ type of deal. And then I see him making plays both up the field and then with the catch and run part of it.”
Even Ocho Cinco was singing Andre's praises before the Texans beat the Bengals 35-6: “Oh, man. That’s my boy right there. I love ‘Dre to death. We’ve been friends for a long time. In the offseason, we’re always together in the offseason. We work out at the same places. He’s a very good friend. We’re going on, what, maybe nine or 10 years now. It’s been a joy really watching him and really competing with him on I would say opposite sides of the world, but he’s not that far away....He’s a Johnson. What do you expect? He’s done it before, year in and year out. The only thing that slowed him down, I think, last year, was the injury I think where he missed a few games. That’s what you expect out of somebody like that, someone who is really a consistent Pro Bowler year in and year out. Maybe he doesn’t make it year in and year out, but he’s a Pro Bowl type of receiver. He can’t be stopped. He’s big. He’s fast. So it’s like you just pick your poison. At some point, he’s going to beat you, regardless of what you try to do.”
Johnson is on pace for 128 receptions this season. If he can continue down this path, he should be in line for a second trip to Honolulu.
(quotes creditted to houstontexans.com)