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Texans' Arian Foster has always been confident in his abilities

Foster, who rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the Texans' opening-week win over the Colts, appears to have found the right fit in Houston.

September 15, 2010|By Sam Farmer

Stay in school. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, the NFL's newest overnight sensation, can confidently recommend that to kids dreaming of a career in pro football.

Always listen to your teachers and take their advice to heart. On that, Foster begs to differ.

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It was a high school teacher who once tried to deliver a dose of reality to Foster, then a stubborn 16-year old in Albuquerque. It didn't go over well.

"They were asking us what we wanted to do when we grew up," said Foster, who rushed for a club-record 231 yards and three touchdowns Sunday in a season-opening upset of the Indianapolis Colts. "I told the teacher I wanted to be in the NFL. She kind of laughed and asked me what else I wanted to do.

"I was kind of offended, because she was going around the class asking everybody else, and I was the only one that was asked what else I wanted to do."

Safe to say that teacher won't be getting one of Foster's game tickets Sunday when the Texans play at the Washington Redskins, and the second-year bruiser gets a chance to show that his spectacular debut was no fluke.

Foster sailed through the 2009 draft the way he slipped through the arms of would-be Colts tacklers Sunday. The 6-foot-1, 227-pound bruiser from the University of Tennessee ran an unremarkable 4.7-second 40-yard dash at his school's pro day, wasn't selected in the draft, and wound up signing with the Texans as a free agent.

He said he was distraught when his name wasn't called on draft weekend, although he did get a call from the New Orleans Saints, who said they were considering taking him in the seventh round. He said he also received attention from the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and, obviously, the Texans, who took the unusual step of signing the rookie free agent to a two-year deal, as opposed to a one-year contract.

"As soon as teams started calling, my girlfriend started to go online to look at rosters and really seeing what my best chances were," Foster said. "We looked at all the rosters, and I saw the Texans' roster. Not to downplay anyone on the roster at the time, but I felt like I could compete with them."

That makes sense, as Houston had the league's 30th-ranked running game last season. Foster spent a couple of months on the practice squad before he was activated in November. He appeared in six games, rushing for 257 yards and three touchdowns.

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