Saying Goodbye to Owen Daniels

Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in Houston

Back in ’06, in what was the best draft in team history, the Houston Texans picked up Owen Daniels in the 4th round.  It was Kubiak’s 1st draft & Casserly’s last.  Mario Williams, Eric Winston & Demeco Ryans were drafted in the 1st 3 rounds. Three of those 4, including Daniels, played in a Pro Bowl in their Texans career.  O.D. was the last one left from that draft & he turned out to be the ultimate steal. Off the field, Daniels has been a class act. He was as solid as they come.

On the field, you could count his dropped passes on one hand & his circus catches need more than your fingers & toes. When we needed a big catch, Owen Daniels got open, caught the ball & picked up the 1st down. He made bad passes into extraordinary catches. His enthusiasm was infectious.  His injuries were frustrating but he found a way to come back again & again. Nobody ever questioned his heart.

He genuinely loves Houston & gave back to this community. He has been an ambassador for this city like no Houston athlete ever. He’s a stand-up guy & never shied away from the media or the tough questions.  Plus, when it’s all said & done, Owen Daniels was the best tight end a Houston NFL franchise has ever seen. Thank you, O.D! This is one fan who will really miss #81.

-Robert Land

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