Texans at the Table

Plenty of beef and beefcake as Houston Texans Team Luncheon kicks off exciting football season

Plenty of beef and beefcake at Houston Texans annual Team Luncheon

Texans Team Luncheon 8/16 Bob McNair, Whitney Mercilus
Bob McNair presents Whitney Mercilus with the Spirit of the Bull award. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Gary Petersen, Brock Osweiler, Mac Haik. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Duane Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Brock Osweiler, Marc Vandermeer, Kareem Jackson, Vince Wilfork, Brian Cushing. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16 Cal McNair, Hannah McNair
Cal McNair, Hannah McNair. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Ernie Cockrell, Kelli Kickerillo, DeAndre Hopkins. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Rick Smith, Scott McLean, Marc Vandermeer, Bob McNair. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Bill Hurt, A.J. Bouye, Louise Glenn. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Karen Winston, Corey Moore, Trini Mendenhall. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Team pastor Greg Tyler, Holly Alvis, Austin Alvis. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Melissa Reichert, Janice McNair, Ruth Smith. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Sarah Bardwell, Alfred Blue. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Texans Team Luncheon 8/16 Bob McNair, Whitney Mercilus
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16 Cal McNair, Hannah McNair
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16
Texans Team Luncheon, 8/16

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.

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