During the 2013 season, when Andre Johnson, furious with Matt Schaub for yelling at him, walked off the field before the Texans' loss to the Oakland Raiders had ended, I sensed quite a bit of sympathy for the longest-tenured Texan.
He was asked if he still wanted to be in Houston and replied, "I'm under contract." It was heartbreaking to fans that things had gotten so bad that this man, perhaps the best player in franchise history, was this fed up with what was happening with his team.
Today I checked the pulse of Twitter to get an idea of what fans think of Johnson now, given all that's happened with that situation.
Arian Foster said Andre Johnson "is Houston." I asked if fans agreed. Is he Houston? Is he still the face of the franchise? A sampling of replies.
@taniaganguli He is for 2 more years. But JJ will be then. Dre will go down as the all time favorite. Quiet guy. No silly BS. Wants to win.
— JBH1970 (@jbh_1970) July 16, 2014
@taniaganguli Andre is Houston football. JJ may be great now but Andre always has been for us.
— Tatianna (@shockofthequeen) July 16, 2014
@taniaganguli No, JJ is the face of the team. I think Cushing is even ahead of Andre right now.
— TexansFan13 (@TexansFan0013) July 16, 2014
@taniaganguli Just temporarily. When JJ signs that contract next year, he'll be the face of the #Texans
— Jared Moss (@jmoss311) July 16, 2014
@ChrisBurke_SI @taniaganguli Andre Johnson is the face of "I want to leave Houston"
— Reboot (@Just_Reboot) July 16, 2014
@taniaganguli JJ all the way! I don't see too many AJ commercials on Houston tv
— Bryan Calvert (@tenpoundbrain) July 16, 2014
@taniaganguli Depends on who you ask. Fans that have been around the whole time will say he is. Fans who came along 2011 will say it's Watt.
— Chans Foote (@ChansFoote) July 16, 2014
He doesn't wanna be RT @taniaganguli: What do you guys think? Is Andre Johnson "Houston"? Is he the face of the #Texans right now?
— George Spring(her) (@thegeorgeyoung) July 16, 2014
@taniaganguli I don't think someone can be the face of the team if they don't show up.
— Matthew DesOrmeaux (@cynicusprime) July 16, 2014
@taniaganguli Watt is getting close but Dre is still the Texans.
— Sergio England (@ElSurge) July 16, 2014
@taniaganguli was. Not anymore. Comes off as a spoiled brat now. Burned bridges with fans
— DXTex (@DXTex) July 16, 2014
@taniaganguli Andre is to Houston as Leeroy Selmon was to Tampa Bay. The first player of the franchise to be inducted into HOF.
— Venkat Ramamurthy (@venramamurthy) July 16, 2014