Houston Texans Team History
When the Houston Oilers departed for the Music City in 1997, most thought the NFL would never return to Houston. 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.
Houston Texans Chronological History
Houston Texans Franchise Information
- Franchise Granted: 1999
- First Season: 2002
- Franchise History:
- 2002 - Present Houston Texans (NFL)
After Houston was awarded the NFL's 32nd franchise on October 6, 1999, a series of focus groups were formed to help come up with a nickname for the team. On March 2, 2000, the team announced five choices, the Apollos, Bobcats, Stallions, Texans and Wildcatters. The list was then shaved to the Apollos, Stallions and Texans a month later. After careful deliberation, the team unveiled the Texans' name, colors, and logo at a rally held in downtown Houston on September 6, 2000.
Houston Texans - Stadium
Reliant StadiumHouston, Texas
Cost $352 Million Opened 2002
Houston Texans (NFL) (2002 - present)
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (2002 - present)
Texas Bowl (NCAA) (2006 - present)
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (2013-present)
Houston Cougars (NCAA) (2013)
Division Championships2011 (AFC South), 2012 (AFC South)
Wild Card Wins2011 (AFC South), 2012 (AFC South)
Years in Playoffs2011, 2012
Hall of Fame MembersNone
Amy ChalmersMinnesota Vikinga fan - Portland Oregon
Crystal BurrowsDallas Cowboys fan - Austin Texas
Gisele McDonaldKansas City Chiefs fan - Oaklahoma City
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