Arian Foster buys the O-Line Segways
One by one, Arian Foster rode the Segways into the Texans’ locker room, each time carrying the box that held the charging unit for each.
And one by one he rested the handlebars up against the lockers of each and every offensive lineman on the team.
“They all, as a front, can enjoy the joy that I get from riding my Segway,” Foster said.
Foster, the Texans’ All Pro running back, always rides his Segway around Reliant Stadium. He, along with Andre Johnson, Ben Tate, J.J. Watt and the departed Mario Williams, were the originals to ride the Segways.
Now, there are a ton more in the locker room.
“Anytime I give a gift, I always try to give something thoughtful,” Foster said. “A couple of guys like Chris Myers and (Duane) Brown and Wade Smith always getting on me about riding my Segway. ‘You can’t walk? You too good to walk?’ I’m like, ‘nah man, I just like to ride wheels.’ I saw a little big of jealously in their eyes when they were talking about me, so I figured I’d give all the linemen a gift.”
Brown hopped on the machine like a pro and was doing laps around the locker room and showers. “I’m a natural,” he said. Some of the other guys were a little more timid. Brandon Brooks stepped on, wiggled back and forth furiously, and bailed before a Segway catastrophe.
Foster was asked if he’s worried about these big linemen zipping around the facility.
“Nah man, they’re professional athletes,” he said. “Sometimes they’re like a polar bear on ice but they should be fine. You can’t go that fast on it so you might get a scrape when you fall but I don’t think they’re going to fall.”
And Brooks, along with some of the other linemen, started to slowly figure out the machines. They gathered around in a circle while its function was demonstrated.
“The Segways are crazy,” rookie offensive guard Brooks said. “It’s the best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten. Once we learn how to ride it, we’ll be alright.”
It’s important to note, Foster didn’t just give the Segways to the stars on the offensive line. He didn’t just give them to the starters either. All the members of the O-line received the give.
“It’s awesome,” Brown said. “For him to make that gesture is a big deal for us. I’m gonna block my hardest for 23 on Sunday.”
Foster, in his fourth NFL season, has rushed for 1,313 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. It's his third straight season with at least 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns. He knows none of that would be possible without his offensive line.
“I can’t do anything without them,” he said. “If there’s no them, there’s no me. That’s what a team’s all about. It’s just my way of giving back to the big fellas up front.”