In this special segment, we are pleased to announce the addition of former Houston Texans linebacker Jay Foreman to the staff here at State of the Texans. Foreman was a starter for the Texans from 2002-2004 where he started in 43 games and averaged over 100 tackles between 2002 and 2003.
Foreman was drafted out of Nebraska by the Buffalo Bills in the 5th round (156th overall) in the 1999 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers in his final season in the NFL in 2006. Foreman had 527 total tackles with 4.5 sacks and 5 fumble recoveries in his 6 year NFL career.
We talked to Foreman about what he has been up to and much more.
How are things going Jay and what have you been up to?
Thing are well. I’m an Exec. Vice President for a company called Hot Dot Inc. We produce a product that warns people when their body temperature reaches elevated levels. Also, I along with my dad and best friend started a non profit to raise funds for diabetes. I also write weekly for the State of the Texans, my website jayforeman56.com (weekly newsletter on the Nebraska defense), weekly radio segments on 1620thezone.com on Wednesdays called 44 shades of Jay and also on ESPN Austin on Sunday mornings. Staying pretty busy and not to mention I also speak to corporations and schools.
How much did your father, Chuck, influence you moving towards your NFL career?
My dad had a huge influence on my career from the standpoint of being a good sounding board for me when I needed him. He never pushed me to play football. He had one rule and that was to always play 100% and be accountable. I always had comparisons but I used it as motivation.
You have been staying in the loop with your Alma Mater, Nebraska. Where are the Huskers at right now?
I think the Huskers are on the way back. Maybe not as fast as we in Huskerland would like, but the process is alot longer and different than when I was there. I think parity has changed the whole landscape of college football.
As an original Texans player in 2002, what can you tell us about the process that went into the early days of the Texans’ franchise?
When I arrived, we had a pretty good nucleus of defensive players that played well together. David Carr was the first pick ever and he was thrown out there without any veteran leadership to learn from. I always knew eventually the Texans would be good because of excellent ownership and fan base. There is a difference in ownership styles in the NFL that leads to wins and losses. I think as a team it was hard because we didn’t have a plan, I would say, and the process. But the fans and the city were tremendous and we as veterans wanted to win sooner for that fact alone. I think when we let go of the majority of defensive players, we all had a feeling of unfinished business.
Playing for the Bills, Texans, Giants and 49ers, how do you define your career as an NFL linebacker?
I get asked this all the time. I always say my 6 years were great and for 4 of them I felt I was a pretty good player. The last two years weren’t what I wanted but I personally exceeded any expectations I ever had because I never dreamed of getting to the NFL. I think my career is above average in a sense and I’m fine with that.
Any initial thoughts on what the Texans are building in 2013?
I think the Texans are the team to beat in the AFC. Obviously, injuries play a huge role in that but I think the additions in free agency and draft will help immediately and in the future. I think Mr. Smith and company have built a program that is ready for the long haul. I also like the family atmosphere they have and I think that will payoff in close games.
With you coming to join State of the Texans, what will you be looking forward to the most?
I look forward to connecting with the fans again but also giving my knowledge and insight from a player’s perspective to the fans as well. Most importantly, I look forward to the Texans winning.
You can follow Jay and ask anything football on his twitter account.