Cheering on the Houston Texans: Why Do We Love Our Team?
Every fan wants their team to simply win games and make it to the championship. There’s nothing more apparent in the team-fan relationship than the synergy between home team success and fan confidence.
After moving the Houston Oiler franchise to Tennessee in 1997, where they would become the Tennessee Titans, Houston fans were left without an NFL team to call their own, until Bob McNair came to the rescue five years later in 2002. The Texans opened their season September 8, 2002, with an in-state rivalry against the Dallas Cowboys.
For Houston fans, this was the perfect opportunity to make one of the most anticipated franchise comebacks in NFL history. We waited a whole five years for an NFL team, and now we had one. There was evident Texans pride covering the city of Houston.
Professional football had now found its way back to Houston, and fans were more than ready to embrace this new expansion team with great excitement and enthusiasm.
While a lot of old Oiler fans turned into Titans fans, you really couldn’t help but to get caught up in the Texans hype that surrounded the team, coaching staff, front office staff and even the cheerleaders. There were pep rallies and fan contests taking place all over the city. The Texans organization did all they could to renew the faith fans once had in their Houston NFL team.
After waiting five years for a NFL team to return to Houston, it really didn’t take much for true football fans to show their team spirit all over again, in a stronger, more determined fashion. Despite questionable draft picks and a very slow start to the first three years of the Texans organization, fans have remained resilient and loyal to the team that we claim as one of the best in the AFC South.
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