Game Changers

Big praise: Andre Johnson calls J.J. Watt the greatest Texan ever, passing on his title

Big praise: Andre Johnson calls J.J. Watt the greatest Texan ever, passing on his title

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Andre Johnson's claim to being the all-time greatest Texan is completely unchallenged. For good reason.

There is no player who has done more for the organization, no player who is more universally respected in the locker room. And this isn't a ceremonial moniker. In his 10th season, Johnson continues to dominate games.

But the wide receiver sounds like he's ready to pass on his title. That's how impressed Johnson is with second-year defensive end J.J. Watt's game-changing ways.

 "If he doesn't win Defensive MVP, it's a scam." 

After Watt put his long arms and quick feet all over the Texans' 29-17 statement victory over the Indianapolis Colts — collecting three sacks, forcing a fumble at the goal line and pushing Andrew Luck and the Colts back again and again — Johnson gave No. 99 arguably the most significant praise he's ever received.

"If he keeps going at this rate, I think he'll probably be the greatest Texan to ever come through here," Johnson said.

No one could top Andre's words, but the Texans are at the point where they are almost competing with themselves to best describe the wonder they feel at Watt's exploits.

"If he doesn't win Defensive MVP, it's a scam," outside linebacker Connor Barwin said.

As for Watt himself? He was lamenting two more sacks he felt he let get away. And telling the fans to not to go crazy over a second consecutive division title for an organization that had zero before No. 99 arrived at Reliant.

"There's a lot more fun ahead," Watt said. "I hope everybody is not celebrating too early."