Hey, let’s send people home for a long weekend with a highlight, shall we?
For the past two years, one of the most depressing elements of being a Houstonian has been running back to the Houston Texans. Note that I said “elements of being a HUSTONIAN,” not “elements of being a Houston Texans fan.” That’s right, the soul-crushingly bad play of the Texans’ running backs has transcended the football depression and become more painful than gas prices, humidity, road construction and fire ants.
But I bring you good news today, Houstonians! Tidings of great joy to you as the clouds have broken and it looks like the Houston Texans selected a more than competent running back in the draft a few weeks ago. Not only that, but it looks like they’ve brought in one of the most vibrant and fun personalities we’ve seen in a Houston athlete in quite some time.
Behind, Texan rookie walking back, Dameon Pierce!
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) Apr 30, 2022
A good time AND a long time!? How can you not like this man?! Of course, it’s essential that he can actually wear the stone, so I’ll let you judge that. Here are Pierce’s highlights from his final season at the University of Florida in 2021:
Not bad, not bad at all.
But that’s just the beginning. What I’ve learned, after doing extensive internet research on Pierce, is that he also puts it in a press conference atmosphere. Let’s take a little journey here as we get to know the man who will undoubtedly become a crowd favorite, Dameon Pierce.
Let’s start with this press conference from his senior year in Florida, where he grabs a reporter’s iPhone and brings it to the podium. It seems this particular reporter had another reporter named Cassidy on FaceTime, and Pierce wanted to give Cassidy the experience of what it’s like to do a press from Pierce’s first person point of view:
Good stuff! Now, how about this one where a reporter (apparently named “Edgar”) appeared to be trying to get Pierce to bite on a “gotcha” question about Alabama, and he sniffed it right away!
Now, it’s all well and good if Pierce was just a comedy dog, trying to be the life of the party all the time, but one thing I’ve learned in my research on Pierce – he loves to play soccer! His Florida team had been relegated his senior year to playing in a lower-level bowl game, the Gasparilla Bowl.
I have no idea where that game is played, nor what a “Gasparilla” is. I do know, however, that it’s a bowling game that many kids in Pierce’s situation, with a professional career on the way, would have skipped to avoid injury. Pierce is the opposite of that. He wanted to play because he made a commitment to Florida and his teammates. Behold, the faithful Dameon Pierce!
From the bowl game we now move to the Senior Bowl, where Pierce showed enough for the Texans to jump on him at the 107th overall pick. Here’s an impromptu interview Pierce did with an aspiring scout. The best parts – first, the part where he has the interviewer introduce himself (people skills!), and second, where he gives an EXCELLENT answer to what NFL teams look for in running backs. Enjoy this….
We learned last week that Pierce will wear jersey number 31 this season, which should officially eliminate any chance of David Johnson (the now former number 31, and walking bad return from the DeAndre Hopkins trade) returning to the Texans in 2022. is great news, because it’s the dawn of a new era – ALL HAIL, THE AGE OF PIERCE!
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