Arian Foster's early stance on Santa

Texans running back Arian Foster is featured in this week’s Hot Read by Jeff Chadiha.

Here’s a piece of it I found interesting, particularly the part about how he influenced Christmas for some kids in his class.

This is a man who writes poetry, studies eastern cultures and celebrates touchdowns by bowing to the crowd with clenched hands -- it's a Hindu greeting he says means "I see the God in you." Foster is also so naturally outspoken that he once upset a grade school teacher by defiantly proclaiming that Santa Claus didn't exist (that move also didn't endear Foster's parents to that particular instructor).

During training camp this summer, Foster spent parts of his spare time reading "Think and Grow Rich," a book of money-making secrets written by Napoleon Hill. His favorite chapter involved a mute who eventually gained wealth by manufacturing hearing aids.

"That whole chapter is about desire," Foster said. "This guy was deaf and he still did what he wanted to do. I loved that because [the author] is talking about a mindset. It's all about how you can do anything if you set your mind to it."

See the whole piece here.

Foster’s coming off his worst game of the season but still ranks as the NFL’s leading rusher by 77 yards. The Texans are sure to try to get him going Sunday against the Chiefs at Reliant Stadium.