The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. They play their home games at NRG Stadium and compete in the National Football League as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. The club first played in 2002 as an expansion team, making them the youngest franchise currently competing in the NFL. The Texans replaced the city's previous NFL franchise, the Houston Oilers, which moved to Nashville, and are now known as the Titans. The team was founded and owned by Bob McNair from 1999 until his death in 2018. Following McNair’s death, the majority ownership of the team went to his wife, Janice McNair, and his son, D. Cal McNair.
Despite struggling in their initial years, they clinched their first playoff spot in 2011 and went on to win the division championship. Their success continued as they have won four more AFC South Championships since (2012, 2015, 2016 and 2018).
Dom Capers coached the team through its first seasons. Under Gary Kubiak they won their first and second division championships. Kubiak played at Texas A&M and went on to join the Denver Broncos where he played from 1883 to 1991. Bill O'Brien coached the team to their next two division championships. Famous fans of the Texans include Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, actors Dennis Quaid, Jim Parsons and Rico Rodriguez. Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly are also Texan fans.
Football is nothing without its traditions, and it's no different in Houston. In 2007, the team began wearing red alternate jerseys for Battle Red day to encourage fans to wear the color. The area behind the North end zone is known as the Bull Pen and is where some of the most dedicated fans have begun traditions. These include holding up giant jerseys when players are announced or turning their backs when the opposing team scores.
The established the "Blue Crew" tailgate and walk each year in the Thanksgiving Parade. When the players are announced, fans get involved. The announcer will give the first name of each player and the crowd responds with the last name. Toro is the name of their mascot. He's a bull, with an "official birth date" of April 21, 2001. His zodiac sign is appropriately the Taurus, which is represented by the bull.
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