"There are no guarantees in football.but I will guarantee this team will go out every Sunday, Monday, Thursday - whenever they ask us to play - and we'll play our asses off for the city of Houston", he said.
It could make for a hard situation for some back-of-the-depth-chart players on both teams, players who were slated to get a high number of reps in the game and get one last chance to show they deserve a spot on the roster, but in the big picture, returning home and returning to loved ones is priority. I don't want to mention specific names. It was later moved to the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington due to flooding.
"Nothing has to happen". Some needed to be moved from their flooded homes to a hotel near NRG Stadium. "Unfortunate thing, but we are thinking about the people back home more than us".
"It's very hard", Texans star defensive end JJ Watt said in an emotional video on Sunday, "not only because we have family and friends back there - some guys have young kids, some guys have wives and families - but that's our city". Watt said: "It was subdued joy, because we're obviously extremely sensitive to the situation". "It's very hard. It's very hard not only because we have family and friends back there, some guys have young kids, some guys have wives and families". So it's going to be a very nice thing just to get back and be able to embrace their families and everybody can see that each other is safe. On Tuesday, the Texans announced that all game proceeds - ticket sales, parking and concessions - will go toward Harvey relief.
Fans that have purchased tickets to Thursday's game will have the option to donate the money to relief efforts or request a refund through Ticketmaster. The Texans ownership group will be making a donation equal to the amount of money that would have been generated from ticket sales.
Point of the cancellation is for players to get back to Houston, help out and be with their families.
"The Houston Texans have made the decision to travel back to Houston after local authorities have now found a safe route for the team to drive home today".
Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the Texans flew to Dallas after their third preseason game in New Orleans against the Saints.
"We've stayed in touch with everybody two or three times a day to reach them", Texans Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday, per the Houston Chronicle. The decision to cancel the game altogether was announced Wednesday.
The sun was shining in Houston Wednesday as the heaviest rainfall appeared to be past the area, but catastrophic floods were still wreaking havoc on the city. "I think it's extremely important that we get home as quickly as we possibly can". "I know we're all very excited to get there and see our people, but also start helping".