It's seldom that you get all of the Houston Texans and all of their coaches together in any place other than the locker room or the team plane. But once a year the Team Luncheon does just that when it's a total Texan turnout along with team sponsors and invited fans.
The 13th annual fundraiser, hosted by Amegy Bank of Texas, filled the ballroom of the Omni Houston Hotel on Tuesday with the beefy players, coaches and sponsors, raising $250,000 for the Houston Texans Foundation.
The mood was, of course, upbeat with optimism served along with a healthy lunch. "We're looking forward to a great year," Texans owner Bob McNair told the gathering. "We are excited about the direction of this team."
Coach Bill O'Brien also spoke promising, "We are going to give you guys a very competitive, good football team this year."
Each table was headlined by a Texans player and lucky the folks who were seated with linebacker Whitney Mercilus. For that player was recipient of the Spirit of the Bull award, recognized for his commitment to excellence on the field and in the community.
Joining the team, coaches, cheerleaders, and Toro were Scott McLean, Hannah and Cal McNair, Janice McNair, Gary Petersen, Trini Mendenhall, Bill Hurt, Grey Tyler, Corey Moore, Karen Winston, Marc Vandemeer and just about everyone but TV ad star J.J. Watt.