Andre Johnson Breaks Down Crying During NFL Retirement Speech

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 19, 2017

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) stretches during warmups before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Andre Johnson's 14-year NFL career officially ended Wednesday when he signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Houston Texans.

During an emotional press conference, Johnson broke down in tears as he discussed his mother and path to the NFL, per Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle:

The Texans showed their gratitude for Johnson's 12 years with the franchise in a thank-you video posted on Twitter:

Houston Texans @HoustonTexans

Simply the best. #ThankYouAndre https://t.co/anEtw2qG8r

Reflecting on his NFL career, particularly with the Texans, Johnson said there was one thing he regretted.

"The only regret I have is not helping this organization win a world championship," he said.

After leaving the Texans following the 2014 season, Johnson spent the last two years playing for the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

Despite moving around the AFC South, Johnson admitted the pull of Houston never went away.

"Even when I was with the Colts and the Titans, my heart never left this place," he said.

With his playing days done, Johnson has a strong case to become the first Texans player to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in five years. He ranks 11th all-time in career receiving yards and receptions and 40th in receiving touchdowns.

"I haven't thought five years down the road," Johnson said about the Hall of Fame. "If it happens, it'd be a very exciting time."

Johnson was named to seven Pro Bowls and made the All-Pro first team twice, and he led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards twice. He was the Texans' second-ever first-round pick in 2003, following quarterback David Carr the previous year.

As one of the key pieces of Houston's offense for 12 years, he helped lead the franchise to its first two division titles and playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012.


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