For the help Arian Foster has received from his offensive line in rushing for more than 1,300 yards this season, the Houston Texans running back repaid their support by buying them Segways.
Foster, 26, was in the holiday spirit when he bought Segways for the offensive line, which is responsible for opening up holes for the running back during rushing plays. The Texans running back is also a huge fan of the recreational and convenient vehicle.
“I feel like all of them big hogs up front can enjoy the joy that I get from riding my Segway,” Foster said of his offensive line, the Houston Chronicle reported. “Guys like Chris Myers and D-Brown [Duane Brown] and Wade Smith, they’re always getting on me about riding my Segway. ‘You can’t walk? You’re too good to walk?’"
Foster joked that he thought of buying the Segways after his teammates would give him jealous looks and harp on him for riding the vehicle.
“I saw a little jealousy in their eyes when they were talking about me, so I figured I’d get all the linemen a gift,” he told the Chronicle. “They were very thankful, very grateful. I can’t do anything without them. If there is no them, there is no me.”
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Brown posted a photo of his new Segway on his Instagram account.
“Shoutout to my dawg Arian Foster hookin the O-Line up with Segways for Christmas!!!” exclaimed the offensive lineman on his Twitter account, where he has more than 43,000 followers.
Foster's good cheer is buoyed by Houston’s impressive 12-2 record. The Texans wrapped up the AFC South division and can clinch a first-round playoff spot with a win Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. A first-round berth can can also be secured with a Denver Broncos loss or a New England Patriots loss or tie, according to Week 16 playoff scenarios at CBS Sports.
More importantly, Houston can clinch a No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win, a tie coupled with a Denver loss or tie or a Patriots loss or tie coupled with a Denver loss.
Foster is also having an outstanding individual season with 1,313 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. The University of Tennessee standout has more than 4,400 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns on his career.
Foster isn’t the first running back to reward his offensive linemen. Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson started the tradition by giving his run blockers gold watches, the Chronicle noted.
Dickerson heaped praise on Foster during an interview with the newspaper.
“Guys like Arian and I, we did it kind of different, to where people might say we’re not running hard because we’re so smooth,” the Hall of Famer said. “That’s the word I’d use to describe him: 'smooth.'”