The Houston Texans are in a unique situation at the moment. They are not the first team to be affected by a hurricane and they will not be the last. A community ravaged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey needs something to bring them together, much like after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, it can be football for Houston.
Over 48,000 homes in Texas have property damage while over 1,000 have been completely destroyed. The estimated number of people who have been displaced from their home is 30,000. Texas needs something to bring the community together, something to rally around. That something is football. Whether it is high school, college or NFL, the State of Texas loves football. Texas can use football as a way to rally their communities and start the healing process. For the City of Houston, their team is the Houston Texans.
The Texans are a team on the rise, a team that has had a 9-7 record in each of their last three season. Houston has advanced one step further each year under head coach Bill O’Brien. Missing the playoffs in 2014, losing in the Wild Card round in 2015 and losing in the Divisional Round in 2016. The Texans continue to trend upward as they continue to make deeper and deeper playoff runs.
The Texans have an opportunity to do for Houston what the Saints did for New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans experienced near complete destruction of their city. The sudden success of the Saints helped heal the wounds of a city that were still fresh, aiding in the improvement of the city’s morale.
Contributions from Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt are already starting to help. Watt pledged to raise $200,00 on August 27th, as of September 9, Watt announced via twitter that his relief fund has reached $30 million.
And tomorrow is Gameday! https://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 9, 2017
This effort from J.J. Watt is only the beginning of the process in repairing the destruction in Houston. In addition to having homes, businesses and the city as whole repaired, the morale of the city is in need of help. Much like when the Saints returned to New Orleans after an extended period of time away from New Orleans, the Texans can return to Houston and bring the city together.
The healing process can be accelerated with a week one Texans win against the Jaguars at home. A city that can root for their football team together is a city that is able to fast track their recovery. Houston will be able build their recovery effort around the success of their football team. The Texans are not the most important thing in Houston at the moment, but they can help erase the pain from the hurricane. It can give their fans time to take their minds off of what happened to their city, a chance to do what they planned, root for a winning football team. All it takes is a week one win at home.