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|Bernard Pollard said that if teams won't give the Texans respect, "We are going to take it then."|
“Peyton Manning is a great quarterback, everybody understands what he brings to the game, we know and understand what he brings to the organization. But they’ve dominated [us] for eight to 10 years. It’s our turn to step up. We’ve been getting punched by them and we haven’t punched back. We’ve been on top but lost the fight. But this year is a new year…
“I couldn’t care less what they have to say. We know and understand everybody is entitled to their opinion. Nobody determines what the Houston Texans do. We understand people are not going to give us respect. We are going to take it then. We know and understand that teams don’t respect us. We know and understand that some fans don’t respect us, some people feel like they’re going to give us six wins. No, no, no, no. I promise you, we’re going to show you a different team.
“We’re excited. Who’s not going to be excited about football? We open up Week 1 at home, and the Colts just happen to be our opponent when everyone is talking about how tough our schedule is. We couldn’t care less. This is our year and we’re going to play football.”