Arian Foster, the Texans’ all-time leading rusher suffered a severe back injury in 2013 that all but ended the team’s eventual 2-14 season.
Following a season ending injury suffered in 2013, Texans RB Arian Foster admitted to contemplating retirement for health reasons.
The former Pro Bowl and All-Pro RB, who is the Texans’ all-time leading rusher as well, told ESPN that the back injury he suffered in 2013 was a “scary” moment that made him seriously reconsider his playing career.
“…Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that — a back, a neck, even knees or hips, something that puts you out for the entire season — you kind of re-evaluate your life,” Foster said. “You see what’s really important. Is getting paralyzed more important than playing with your grand kids when you’re 50, 60 years old. People die on the football field. This is a really brutal sport. Going through an injury like that, being 27 years old, I’m young, still I’m at the prime of my career. Is it worth it to try to come back?”
Foster is a 3-time Pro Bowl selection and 2-time All-Pro. He led the league in rushing yards and TDs in 2010 after going undrafted out of Tennessee in 2009. In 2012 he led the league in rushing TDs again, helping the Texans to a 12-4 record – the best in franchise history.
Foster has returned to the Texans for the 2014 season and expects to participate fully. He has been very vocal in requesting the return of WR Andre Johnson to the team.