The Houston Texans released 29-year-old running back Arian Foster after seven years with the team. Foster climbed from nowhere to make an impact in the NFL, earning a spot as an undrafted player out of Tennessee and setting Texans franchise records in both touchdowns (54) and rushing yards (6,472). Foster played just four games last year after a groin and Achilles injury waylaid him.
“There aren’t many players I respect more than Arian Foster,” said Rick Smith, Texans GM, in a prepared statement, calling Foster one of the “most complete backs in the NFL.” Foster will get a chance somewhere else if he’s healthy enough to play. He will surely bring a healthy attitude, if not always healthy legs. Foster takes seriously his good fortune and works to give back. In 2015 he founded the Arian Foster Family Foundation to help kids in underserved communities acquire life skills and knowledge about nutrition, education, emotional fulfillment and more.