Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is normally a soft-spoken guy that shows respect to everyone and gives back constantly. But, there’s another side of him that comes out when he faces Cortland Finnegan, cornerback for the St. Louis Rams and former cornerback for the Tennessee Titans.
Finnegan and Johnson have met on the field 10 times since Finnegan was drafted by the Titans in 2006, and in those 10 meetings, Johnson has put up 972 yards and eight touchdowns.
Perhaps the most famous meeting between Finnegan and Johnson came in November 2010, when Johnson and Finnegan were both ejected from a game because of an on-field scuffle. Finnegan started it all by pushing Johnson’s face mask while they were at the line of scrimmage. Johnson then ripped Finnegan’s helmet off and landed a couple of punches before Finnegan was able to tear Johnson’s face mask off.
At this point, players from both teams and the refs reached them, and they were separated. Even so, it still took about five minutes for everything to be sorted out and the game to get back on track. Johnson left to raucous applause, and Finnegan was booed as he left through the tunnel on the opposite side of Reliant Stadium.
If you’d like to see the whole ridiculous fight in all its glory, check it out below:
This wasn’t the only dust-up between Finnegan and Johnson either. Johnson was fined $7,500 in 2009 for slamming Finnegan to the ground with his face mask during a scuffle after a play.
Sadly, there’s a good chance that neither Johnson or Finnegan will even play in this game, as Finnegan is day-to-day with a bad hamstring and Johnson is a game-time decision with a shin that’s bothered him since the game three weeks ago against the Baltimore Ravens. If they both do play, be sure to keep a lookout for this reunion.