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  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Touchdown Tour

    The Touchdown Tour is the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s traveling celebration of
    football. It will travel all over Houston throughout the fall, raising awareness and excitement in
    the community for Super Bowl LI, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017.
    The Touchdown Tour will have a wide variety of games, many exhibits, appearances, food and fun for
    people of all ages. The Tour will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at every stop on its tour around the
    city. Every stop on the Touchdown Tour is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to
    celebrate the city, football and Super Bowl LI with the Host Committee.

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be in attendance at each tour from 11am - 1pm, and TORO will be on occasion as well.

    Touchdown Tour Schedule Dates
    All events will be scheduled from 10A – 2P

    Date                            Location                                Address
    Oct. 8                          Mason Park                            75th and Tipps Houston, TX 77023
    Oct. 15                        Sylvester Turner Park             2800 West Little York Houston, TX 77091
    Oct. 22                        MacGregor Park                      5225 Calhoun, Houston, TX 77021
    Oct. 29                        Sunnyside Park                      3502 Bellfort, Houston, TX 77051
    Nov. 5                         Agnes Moffitt Park                  10645 Hammerly Houston, TX 77043
    Nov. 12                       Finnigan Park                         4900 Providence, Houston, TX 77020
    Nov. 19                       Kingwood High School             2701 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
    Dec. 3                         Moody Park                            3725 Fulton, Houston, TX 77009

    Dec. 10                      Blueridge Park                         5600 Court Road Houston, TX 77053
    Jan. 7                        Burnett Bayland Park                6000 Chimney Rock Houston, TX 77081
    Jan. 14                      Alief Community Park               11903 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77072

  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CST Texans Buzz

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday during the regular season at 11 PM for this  show that goes 1-on-1 with Texans players to get to know them on a personal basis and is hosted by Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer and Texans Insider Deepi Sidhu.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 10:35 PM - 11:05 PM CST Houston Texans Inside the Game Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Sunday at 10:35 PM for this in-season show that recaps each Houston Texans game in-depth with coverage and analysis from Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman.
  • Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM CST Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Touchdown Tour

    The Touchdown Tour is the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s traveling celebration of
    football. It will travel all over Houston throughout the fall, raising awareness and excitement in
    the community for Super Bowl LI, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017.
    The Touchdown Tour will have a wide variety of games, many exhibits, appearances, food and fun for
    people of all ages. The Tour will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at this stop on its tour around the
    city. Every stop on the Touchdown Tour is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to
    celebrate the city, football and Super Bowl LI with the Host Committee.

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be in attendance at this tour from 12pm - 1pm, as well as the Go Texan Express merchandise truck.  Stop by for Texans games and a chance to win great Texans prizes!

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  • Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Players Show Live from Fuddruckers

    Join Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus from 6 PM – 7 PM at Fuddruckers (11445 Fountain Lake Dr, Stafford, TX 77477) for a live Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 broadcast with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer, and special guests!

    Plus, all Houston area Fuddruckers will be feature a Buy One Texans Burger, Get One Free and $15 beer buckets every Tuesday during the season for fans showing up in their Texans gear, whether the Texans win or lose their previous game, so don't miss out!

    Then stay for Texans Live from 7-8 PM.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

  • Fri., Dec. 16, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, December 16
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 8767 South Main, Houston, TX

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE Jumbo Jack for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CST Texans Buzz

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday during the regular season at 11 PM for this  show that goes 1-on-1 with Texans players to get to know them on a personal basis and is hosted by Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer and Texans Insider Deepi Sidhu.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sun., Dec. 18, 2016 10:35 PM - 11:05 PM CST Houston Texans Inside the Game Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Sunday at 10:35 PM for this in-season show that recaps each Houston Texans game in-depth with coverage and analysis from Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman.

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Draft Q&A: Jadeveon Clowney

Posted Jan 23, 2014

A Q&A with Josh Kendall of the State on South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney.

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As part of our Texans 'On the Clock' draft profiles, we reached out to various media members who covered the featured prospect. In this week's installment we sat down with Josh Kendall.

Kendall is the South Carolina beat writer for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.

HoustonTexans.com: How did he improve as a player over the past three years? How did you see him evolve from his first year in the program to the player he is today?

Kendall: That's kind of a two-part question. In the first two seasons, he was exactly as advertised, a dominant guy on lots of plays as a true freshman and a dominant guy on almost every play as a sophomore. Obviously, he was not that guy. You can't say a guy who was at South Carolina for three years and a first-team All-American in two of those years was anything but a huge success, and there's no question he's the most talented defensive player in school history (former Heisman Trophy winning running back and No. 1 overall pick George Rogers is the only player at any position who is close). He did not reach his potential or expectations his final season, but he was a huge hit overall for the Gamecocks.

HoustonTexans.com: How did he improve as a player over the past three years? How did you see him evolve from his first year in the program to the player he is today?

Kendall: He didn't improve much from his sophomore to his junior year and there still is plenty of work that can be done with him from a technique standpoint, which is kind of scary I guess. His biggest weakness as a freshman was almost nonexistent use of his hands. He got better at that as a sophomore. He also needs to add more to his arsenal at some point than that swim move, but it is pretty devastating.

HoustonTexans.com: From covering him the past three years, what is his demeanor like? Is he viewed as a leader on the team?

Kendall: I would say he's very laid back off the field but can and has turned it on on the field. He enjoys being Jadeveon, and I never saw him be anything other than pleasant with the media or fans. I enjoyed every dealing I ever had with them, and think he's a generally nice guy. He was never a traditional team leader in Columbia, and I wouldn't expect him to be that guy in the NFL.

HoustonTexans.com: After putting up monster numbers his sophomore year, his statistics took a step back this season. How much of that was due to teams specifically game planning against him? Or were there other factors?

Kendall: There were other factors. From what I saw at games and on film, the notion that teams double-teamed him every time was way overblown. They certainly did that and they certainly game planned for him, but that happens to all great players. A nagging foot injury (beon spurs which he may or may not have addressed surgically before the combine) and what seemed to be a wandering focus at times also affected his production.

HoustonTexans.com: From a physical standpoint, how does Clowney compare to other defensive players you’ve covered in the SEC?

Kendall: He's the best, and it's not super close. That's saying something I know but his combination of size, speed and quick-twitch ability is off the charts. He can add some major gains in pure strength (again a scary thought) but you won't find many, if any, 280-something-pound humans with the ability to stop and start the way he does. South Carolina uses a training room measuring instrument called a TENDO in its weight room to measure explosiveness and Clowney tests off the charts on it.

HoustonTexans.com: In your opinion, what is the best fit for him in the NFL in terms of defensive scheme? Can he be successful in both 4-3 and 3-4 sets, or is he better suited for just one type of defense?

Kendall: I'm no technician, but he looks as close the perfect 4-3 defensive end as you will find. I'm sure he could make plays as a 3-4 rush linebacker, but it would take away from his No. 1 weapon, that freakish first step.

HoustonTexans.com: Clowney’s ‘motor’ has been questioned by the national media. Having been around him for more than just game days, how do you evaluate his effort on a daily basis?

Kendall: It seems to me it could get better. It's impossible for anyone outside the program to truly evaluate something like this I think, but from what I saw he needs to improve his offseason conditioning program among other things.

HoustonTexans.com: What skills do you think he most has to work on to have an immediate impact in the NFL?

Kendall: Strength and conditioning. Really good to great OTs in college football (meaning every OT in the NFL) handled him at times, mostly by getting their hands on him and overpowering him. If he can get himself in the kind of shape to stay away from those guys and improve his strength and ability to slap those hands away, he can make a big jump. Also, as I mentioned above, he'll need a technique to complement his swim move but that kind of stuff can wait I imagine.

HoustonTexans.com: What are his biggest strengths?

Kendall: Starting and stopping quickly. His body, obviously, is wired differently than ours, and it's frankly wired differently even than a lot of guys in the NFL. If he can add these other things we have talked about, he could be a MUCH better player, which is frightening. I think he's got Hall of Fame potential for sure.

HoustonTexans.com: If you were the GM of the Houston Texans, would you select Clowney with the number one overall pick in this year’s draft?

Kendall: That all depends on the quarterback question I suppose. If the front office feels like there is a franchise quarterback, they've got to take that guy, but if there's not and you can get a good-enough guy at the top of the second round, it's worth a look. Clowney will have to answer the "How motivated will you be once we park a truck full of cash in your driveway?" question about 1,000 times between now and the draft. If the answer is, put his nose to the grindstone and try to be the absolute best he can be, he'll be an elite NFL player for a decade.


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