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Andre Johnson wants to retire a Texan

Report day for Houston Texans training camp came with news that delighted everyone in the building. Andre Johnson was back and he was the first news conference of the day.

One of the most notable things Johnson said was that his plan is to spend his entire career with the Texans:

"Like I said, that’s my plan but at the same time, it’s a business. Nobody never thought Jerry Rice would play in another uniform. It’s a lot of guys who have played this game that you never thought you’d see in another uniform but it ended up happening so. A lot of times guys have no control over that and I understand the business part of it but if everything works out in a perfect world I hope."

He called Houston his second home, next to Miami where he was through college. He talked about the relationship he'd built with fans in this town during his 11 years in Houston.

How special would it be for him to spend his whole career here?

"It would be great," Johnson said. "It would be crazy. I think it would be fun. I think it would be great for the fans, for the city, great for me and my family so when the time comes, it’ll be addressed. I’m here right now so that’s all that matters."

More bullets from the news conference:

  • His first meeting with coach Bill O'Brien: "The first time I met him, we didn’t really get a chance to talk much the first time because it was at a Rockets game. He was standing there trying to talk to everybody who was trying to come up to him and take pictures and things like that. But after I really got a chance to sit down and talk with him, I liked him. I felt like he was straight up with me. He told me what his plans were. The more we talked, the more comfortable I got."

  • Was he upset because the Texans didn't draft a quarterback first overall? "It’s funny because you got all different type of scenarios about not drafting a quarterback and all this crazy stuff. I don’t know who came up with those things. It’s not about that. Like I said, I had bigger concerns. Like I said, all of that happened. It doesn’t matter. I’m here with the team. A lot of people probably thought I wouldn’t be here but I’m here. That’s all that matters and I’m gonna work my butt off like I always have in past years."

  • Why he was frustrated before: "I just think over time you see the way things have went. Sometimes when you voice your opinion about things, sometimes you don’t feel like you’re heard. It gets frustrating. After what happened last year, we went 2-14 and things like that, it wasn’t only frustrating for me, I understand it was frustrating for everybody. Everybody has a right to feel the way they feel. I felt the way I felt. It is what it is but none of that really matters now because I’m here so I think that’s all that matters."

  • On the new offense: "Just from what he's explained to me it seems like it's going to be a lot of fun. It will be a little bit different for me. It will be a good challenge as far as me learning things because it's different from what we've been doing in the past. So like I said it will be a challenge, but I think it will be a lot of fun for me. I'm going to come in, catch up on the things I need to catch up on and get ready to go."