HOUSTON – Andre Johnson has never been one to shy away from questions the media may have for him and the same was the case on Wednesday morning.
The Texans All-Pro receiver was at the Golf Club of Houston to promote his upcoming charity golf tournament.
However, the conversation quickly turned to football, more specifically what he thought about his new coach, Bill O’Brien. Johnson said he met with him briefly.
“It was a very short conversation, with the new CBA there are only so many things you can talk about,” Johnson said. “He seems like a great guy, he seems like he loves the game of football and is really passionate about it. He’s all about team.”
This second time Johnson is going through a complete overhaul of the Texans coaching staff. Gary Kubiak took over for Dom Capers back in 2006.
“It’s not the first time going through something like this, so I’ll just deal with it,” Johnson said.
Ever since Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel said he would enter the NFL Draft, the rumors have swirled that the Texans would take him with the number one overall pick.
It’s not secret that the team’s number one need is at quarterback, so Maziel would be the logical selection.
Andre Johnson said that decision is completely out of his control, but he is a fan of the way the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner plays the game.
“I think he’s a great player,” Johnson said. “I’ve had a chance to meet him and he seems like a good kid, very into football. He’s an exciting player to watch, I enjoy watching him. He doesn’t have the name Johnny Football for nothing.”
HONORED AT THE ‘U’
Recently, it was announced that Johnson will be inducted in the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will take place on April 10th in Miami.
“I don’t think it’s really hit me yet,” Johnson said. “When they called and told me I really didn’t know what to say. I was a huge Hurricane fan growing up and just like playing in the NFL, my goal was to be a Miami Hurricane. When I signed up for this game, I didn’t think about being inducted into the Hall of Fame or anything like that.”
Johnson was dominant during his time with the Hurricanes from 2000-2002 where he had 92 receptions and 1,831 yards with 20 touchdowns.
Johnson led the Hurricanes to the 2002 National Championship and was named Co-MVP of the 2002 Rose Bowl. In the game, he had 9 catches for 199 yards and 2 scores.
STILL GOING STRONG
2014 will be Johnson’s 12th season in the NFL so the question of how much longer can he play is starting to come up.
The Texans star is aware, but is still going strong.
“I know I’m not the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year guy anymore,” Johnson said. “Everything comes to an end at some point. Right now, I don’t know when it might end, but I’m feeling fine and feeling healthy and I’m going to continue to play as long as I can.”
Johnson said that he is healthy and fully recovered after the grueling 2013 season. He opted out of the Pro Bowl because of a wrist injury, but that has healed.
“Everybody knows that day when it’s over for him. When that day comes, I have no problem stepping away,” Johnson said. “Right now, I feel fine and I feel like I have a couple of years left in me.”