Andre Johnson wants to be a Texan until the day he decides to hang it up.
When a reporter asked Johnson Friday morning if he wants to retire as a Texan, Johnson replied: “That’s my plan.”
Johnson arrived at NRG Stadium early Friday morning, on time for Texans training camp after skipping the team’s veteran minicamp, OTAs and mandatory minicamp.
“Like I said, that’s my plan but at the same time, it’s a business,” Johnson said Friday. “Nobody ever thought Jerry Rice would play in another uniform. It’s a lot of guys who have played this game that you never thought you’d see in another uniform but it ended up happening so.
“A lot of times guys have no control over that and I understand the business part of it but if everything works out in a perfect world, I hope”
After several meetings with Bill O’Brien throughout this offseason, the Texans all-time leader in almost every receiving category, decided he’s comfortable with the direction the first year head coach is taking the Texans. With the patience owner Bob McNair has shown in the past, it appears O’Brien would be Johnson’s head coach for the remainder of his career if Johnson stays in Houston. The seven-time Pro Bowler has two more years left on his contract after the 2014 season.
Johnson is hands down the greatest player in franchise history. After his 50 career games with over 100 receiving yards, Owen Daniels is second with four. During Johnson’s holdout, Arian Foster declared that Houston is Johnson’s city.
“It’s kind of crazy, man, when you’ve been at a place for a long time you kind of build a relationship with the fans and things like that,” Johnson said. “This is my home now. I’ve been here for so long. I was in Miami my whole life and now I’ve been here for going on 12 years. This is my home away from home.”