CHAMBERS COUNTY—The Mendez family has watched every away game of the Texans from their living room in Beach City.
Next Sunday, all that changes.
“When JJ Watt caught that interception and ran it in, I said there’s no way I’m gonna miss my bulls on parade in Baltimore,” said David Mendez.
The Mendez house is decked out with all things Texans.
“I live it. I breathe it,” Mendez said.
David’s wife Nici is part of the fan club too.
“When you feel really strongly about something, you stick behind it and you root for it,” said Nici Mendez. “We’re Texans and were going to be there for them, root ‘em on.
It didn’t take long for us to learn that David’s love for his hometown team goes beyond home décor.
At the beginning of the season, he got a Texans tattoo on his back. When they lost three in a row after clenching the playoff title, he got another.
David said he never stopped believing.
“What we like to call bulls on parade, said Mendez with a laugh. “I decided to do some black and blue with the Texans emblem right here.”
To really understand David’s passion, it takes hearing his own comeback story after a truck accident that left him in a wheelchair.
“I took three steps and people said get back in your chair,” recalled Mendez. “I said if I took 3 steps, I can take 3 more. I didn’t give up you’re not supposed to give up and that’s what I’m seeing my Texans do right now.”
That’s why for the first time ever, David and Nici Mendez will travel to watch an away game.
They will leave the comfort of their living room and fly more than 1,400 miles to Baltimore to watch the Texans take on the Ravens next Sunday.
“They’re going to make a movie about the Houston Texans this year with what they’re able to overcome and make possible,” he said.