The Houston Texans boast one of the best running back duos in the NFL. It almost happened on accident as the Texans drafted Ben Tate in the second round in 2010—a year after signing undrafted rookie free agent Arian Foster.
After missing his entire rookie season, Tate emerged in a big way in 2011 establishing himself as the premier backup running back in the league.
In years past, we've seen backup running backs like Michael Turner and Michael Bush hit big pay days in free agency. At this point, it's too soon to tell how the Texans will handle Ben Tate going forward.
Whether it's coming from the Texans or one of the other 31 teams in the league, Tate will likely command star running back money when he hits the market. When that opportunity comes, a new superstar running back could emerge in the NFL.
Here are few reasons why superstardom is on the horizon for Ben Tate.