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WR Andre Johnson Wants to Play 15 Years; Retire with the Texans

Receiver Andre Johnson wants to play 15 seasons and he hopes they’ll all be spent in a Texans uniform, never mind his seeming reluctance this past off-season to remain in Houston, Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

“I don’t want to play for nobody else,” Johnson said Thursday. “I’ve been here for 12 years. It don’t think it would feel right. I’ve seen everybody come and go in this locker room . . . I’ve seen it all. (My) locker has been here the longest. I can’t imagine how it would feel to put on someone else’s uniform so hopefully . . . You always want it to turn out OK. I want things to work out here.”

Asked if he’d believed as a young player that such a total would be possible, Johnson admitted, “I never thought I’d be playing in the league that long. I always said I only wanted to play 10 years. I never thought I’d be mentioned up there top receptions. I never thought I’d be in this position.”

Johnson credits “trying to do the right things, taking care of my body” for his longevity. “Just making sure you’re on top of yourself.”

The success second-year receiver DeAndre Hopkins has enjoyed this season – having joined Johnson as the Texans’ only other single-season 1,000-yard receiver – has buoyed Johnson’s spirits this season.

“He played lights out on Sunday,” Johnson said of Hopkins’ nine catches for a career-best 238 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans. “He’s grasped this system and you can tell he loves playing in it. I’m just happy for him. He’s come in and worked hard.”

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One Response to “WR Andre Johnson Wants to Play 15 Years; Retire with the Texans”

  1. Berdj Rassam says:

    Still averaging 5 receptions per game, or 80 per season, why would he not be able to play a few more years.

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