HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Wide receiver Andre Johnson, who spent the bulk of illustrious 14-season career with the Houston Texans, has retired.
The greatest season of Johnson's career was in 2012 when he started in all sixteen games, caught 112 passes and gained 1,598 receiving yards. His NFL career started with the Texans in 2003, the second year of the franchise's existence.
"He was the offensive leader from 2003 to 2014," said Texans owner Bob McNair in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "He was a great player for us. Certainly over that period of time, he was our top player. The fans were excited about him. They could see he was a very dangerous weapon that we had. He made some brilliant plays for us. He was a star player."
"I would love to see him in the Hall of Fame," added McNair. "I would love to see him in the Hall of Fame. That would be terrific. I think he deserves to be there. It'd be a reflection on what we have done in the franchise in that we have produced a player who was of that quality."
"He's up there at the top," said Texans punter Shane Lechler about Johnson. "I was fortunate enough to play with Tim Brown and Jerry Rice -- he's right there."
Johnson spent his last two seasons with two of the Texans' American Football Conference South division rivals, the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans, respectively.
The retirement announcement for Johnson follows that of his former Texans teammate running back Arian Foster, who