Houston Texans running back Arian Foster posted a very productive season in 2012. There is no question his success runs parallel to the success of the team, which means the Texans will only go as far as Foster takes them in 2013.
The 26-year-old rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns on a career-high 351 carries in 16 games last season. He also managed to haul in 40 receptions for 217 receiving yards and two touchdowns. As good as those numbers were Foster is determined to outdo himself once again. Houston is hoping his determination leads the team to great things, such as their first Super Bowl berth in franchise history.
“I think Arian is more determined than ever to reach his goals of being better than last year and obtaining more yards in both the passing game and run game,” Texans running backs coach Chick Harris said, according to HoustonTexans.com. “He knows what he did the year before. He did not attain the amount of yards that he had prior so therefore he’s gunning for it. He wants to get better and better is put the stats on the wall, put possible championships on the wall, I think that’s what he’s looking for and what he should think.”
Foster exploded onto the scene in 2010 when he ran for a career-high 1,616 yards and 16 touchdowns on 327 carries. In his mind, those numbers are absolutely achievable again. Not to mention, being selected to a fourth straight Pro-Bowl and All-Pro are certainly possibilities. However, Foster is not playing for the personal awards; he’s suiting up every game to help his team achieve the bigger picture.
It is no coincidence that the Texans have improved each year that Foster has been the starting running back. Obviously, last season ended on a dud after posting a 12-4 record. However, Foster is determined to use the loss in the AFC Divisional Playoffs to get even better.