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We all remember that moment, April 28th, 2006. I was supposed to be studying for my math test, but I had Sportscenter on and was watching the Top 10 Plays of the Day. Dan Patrick would come on, and he announced that the Texans and Mario Williams agreed to a contract.
I, along with every other football fan out there, was shocked. We could not speak. I am not even a Texans fan.
We would tune in the next day. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue would announce that "With the first pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select Mario Williams, North Carolina State."
That would be followed by cheers, from the Saints fans who knew that Bush would team up with Deuce McAllister and "Smash & Dash" for years to come.
RCMH was also filled with boos, the Texan fans who thought that after superstar quarterback David Carr would throw an 80-yard bomb to wide receiver Andre Johnson, Bush would take a toss and beat everybody around the corner for a touchdown. Houston fans thought Williams would be the worst bust since Ki-Jana Carter.
None of those things happened though, Bush has yet to rush for over 600 yards in any season, and Mario Williams helps anchor the Houston defensive line and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008.
Williams recorded 53 tackles, with twelve sacks, and forced four fumbles in 2008.
Alternates: Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Colts; Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers