Arian Foster: 10 Reasons Texans Fans Should Vote Him To The Pro Bowl

Stephen Kasper@skasper06Correspondent IDecember 12, 2010

Arian Foster: 10 Reasons Texans Fans Should Vote Him To The Pro Bowl

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    Texans running back Arian Foster
    Texans running back Arian FosterAl Bello/Getty Images

    Arian Foster.

    The NFL's leader in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, first downs, and rushing touchdowns.

    Top six in attempts, attempts per game, and rushes of 20 yards or more.

    Arguably the best running back in the NFL this season, Arian Foster has come a long way from being signed as an undrafted free agent to the practice squad last September.

    But as far as he has come, there are a few more steps he can take towards proving how good he really is.

    Making the Pro Bowl is one of them.

    Without a doubt, Arian Foster should be the front-runner for running backs in the Pro Bowl selection.

    And here are ten reasons why Texans fans should vote him to the Pro Bowl.

No. 10: He Takes Care Of His Fantasy Owners

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans celebrates after he scored on a 14-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsy
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    I am proud to say I was one of the few on board with this guy before this season started.

    In two of my three fantasy leagues, Arian Foster is not only my starting running back, but I didn't draft him until the very last round of the draft.

    He has taken care of me ever since with a 10-3 record in one league and an 8-5 record in the other.

    It's only fair we Foster fantasy owners return the favor and vote him to the Pro Bowl.

No. 9: He Ran All Over The Indianapolis Colts

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores on a 14-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by A
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    In Week One of the 2010 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts faced off against the Houston Texans in a match up the Colts had come out on top 15 out of 16 times.

    The Texans had been so close to a win in several previous games, but just couldn't finish it off.

    They needed an extra weapon to put them over the top and finally found it in Arian Foster when he rushed for 231 yards on 33 attempts with three touchdowns.

    From then on, Texans fans can thank Foster for every great rushing game the team has seen.

No. 8: Texans Running Back Questions Finally Over

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the New York Jets on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Since the Houston Texans became an NFL expansion team in 2002, they have had trouble finding a true franchise running back.

    When Steve Slaton was drafted out of West Virginia in 2008, Texans fans were hoping their prayers had been answered, and it seemed they might have been for a while.

    Then the fumblitis came.

    When Steve Slaton couldn't stop fumbling the ball, Houston began looking for a replacement by drafting Ben Tate in this years draft.

    When Tate went down early in the year, Foster stepped in and became the unexpected answer for this franchise at running back.

No. 7: He Makes Everyone Else Better

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21: Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the New York Jets on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    This one is rather simple.

    Arian Foster has given an amazing balance to this Houston offense.

    They already had a Pro Bowl quarterback in Matt Schaub, and one of the best wide receivers in the league in Andre Johnson. So the passing game was there.

    But a running game didn't exist to complement the passing game, which meant a powerful running game could make the air game even better.

    And Arian Foster has done just that, forcing more defenders in the box watching for the rush, which leaves one of the best passing offenses in the league even more dangerous.

No. 6: He Hasn't Talked About His Contract

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Running back Arian Foster #23 rushes against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    The NFL salary minimum is $310,000.

    And that's exactly what the top NFL running back of 2010 is making this season.

    Usually when you have a top performing player being paid very little, you have one disgruntled and outspoken man.

    Perhaps when the season is over, Foster will begin the quest for more money.

    In the meantime, he has done an amazing job of staying professional and mature by focusing on the team and this season before thinking about more money.

No. 5: Another Great Tennessee Alumnus

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    KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 03:  Arian Foster #27 of the Tennessee Volunteers carries the ball against the Louisiana Lafayette Cajuns during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium on November 3, 2007 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Okay, so maybe this one is a bit biased.

    As a devout UT fan, I am proud to have Arian Foster join a great group of former Volunteers turned pro.

    Peyton Manning, Jamal Lewis, Eric Berry, Robert Meachem, Jerod Mayo, Jason Witten and Albert Haynesworth to name a few are all UT Alumni.

    To see Foster make the Pro Bowl after an amazing season would put the icing on the cake for any University of Tennessee fan following former Vols in the NFL today.

No. 4: Amazing Stats

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans rushes past defensive back Antoine Bethea #41 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL season opener at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Le
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    You want numbers?

    Sure thing.

    246 Total attempts for 1,230 rushing yards, averaging five yards per carry.

    That's an average of 20 rushes per game, averaging 102.5 yards per game.

    13 Rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns puts him first in total touchdowns by any non-quarterback in the NFL.

No. 3: Originally Undrafted

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the New York Jets on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    When you consider how far Arian Foster has come in his NFL career in such short time, you have to respect him.

    He shined in college at the University of Tennessee as the second all-time leading rusher in Volunteers history.

    But NFL teams didn't think much of Foster at first and he wasn't even drafted out of college.

    The Texans signed him to the practice squad with no idea that he would one day explode the way he has.

    Yet, here we are, a year and a half later, watching as Foster has fallen into the starting role and made it his to lose.

    No one has shot up so high from being completely irrelevant like Foster has in a long time.

No. 2: He's Beaten Both Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 02:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans takes the field during pre-game warm ups before a preseason game agains the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Reliant Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/G
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    During the off-season, there was only one running back argument.

    Adrian Peterson vs. Chris Johnson

    I guess that debate was for second place, because Arian Foster has blown both of these guys out of the water this season.

    The real question during this off-season will be if Foster can do it again next season.

    But as of right now, Arian Foster is the best running back of the 2010-11 season with no signs of slowing down.

    Oh and did I mention he has done all this on a team that ranks 10th in total passing, taking away from potential rushing opportunities?

No. 1: Still Plenty of Football to Go

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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 21:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on August 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    As great of a season that Foster has had, there are still four games to go this year.

    Making the playoffs is not in the future of this team, but some exciting football is inevitable with Arian in the back field.

    It is more than possible that Foster could end the season with 1,500 rushing yards and 15+ rushing touchdowns.

    If Texans fans realize this, voting him to his first well-earned Pro Bowl is only proper.