Earlier this week, wide receiver Andre Johnson of the Tennessee Titans officially announced his retirement. According to Bob Nair, the owner of Johnson's former team the Houston Texans, he would love to see the 35-year-old player inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame because of his contributions to the league and the franchise.
Johnson officially joined the Texans in 2003 after he was selected as the third overall pick at the NFL draft. He stayed with the team until 2015, when he decided to leave after he was told that he would not get the starting spot for that season.
After he was released by the Texans, he signed with a three-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts in March of last year. He only spent one season with the Colts before joining the Texans in July of this year.
Johnson played a total of eight games with four starts in his debut year with the Tennessee organization. During those games, he was able to catch two touchdowns and recorded a total of 85 receiving yards.
Earlier this week, Johnson quietly announced his retirement to the team, which was then confirmed by Jon Robinson, the general manager of the Titans.
"Going back to his days at the University of Miami, Andre was one of the most impressive wide receiver I've scouted," he said. "He had a professional approach to the game both on and off the field and in my opinion is one of the best to have played the game."
"I enjoyed getting to know and work with him in his time with our team," Robinson added.
After hearing about the news of Johnson's retirement, Texans owner Nair commended his former player and said that he hopes to see him in the Hall of Fame in the future.
"That would be terrific," he said. "I think he deserves to be there. It'd be a reflection on what we have done with our franchise in that we've produced a player who was of that quality."
Johnson's former Texans teammates, such as DeAndre Hopkins, shared the same sentiments as Nair and said that the athlete is Hall of Fame material.