Arian Foster left the Houston Texans last year to join the Miami Dolphins, yet his newest journey didn’t even last a year. Foster announced his retirement last week at the young age of 30, shocking the football world. Foster had overcome a lot, growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and being an undrafted free agent. When the Texans signed him, safe to say he had a chip on his shoulder. He left the Texans as the franchise leader in career yards and touchdowns, as well as the most rushing yards and touchdowns in a single season. He left as a four time Pro-Bowler and led the league in rushing yards in 2010.
So why leave?
The main reason had to be injuries and of course the NFL is familiar with those. He had a bulging disk in his back in 2013, ruptured his Achilles in 2014, and most recently injured his groin. I mean he did only start 16 games one out of his eight seasons in the league. When you hear these stats, a retirement isn’t as surprising. But when your saw the man that is Foster running over the weak AFC South six times a year to suddenly retiring, it’s a shock! I was expecting big things from Foster in Miami, as running back Lamar Miller had a breakout season last year in South Beach. As Foster went to Miami Miller took over the ground game in Houston, basically swapping homes.
Foster’s durability was always a cause for concern, though for some reason this year seemed to be different. A new scheme, a new start, and a new home. If it were more than injuries that led to Foster’s injuries, we may never know. One thing is for sure, when Foster was on the field he was game planned for and had breakaway speed. Foster is definitely an All-time Texan, and whether that’s completely a good thing for how Houston’s franchise has been, it should be recognized. As his retirement sinks in, I should say that his career was a shortened but successful one, much respect!