Arian Foster
American football player, running back
Arian Foster
Arian Foster is an American football running back for the Houston Texans. He was signed by the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and was added to their active roster from the practice squad on November 17, 2009. He played college football at Tennessee. Foster is known for his signature bow called (Hindu greeting) "Namaste" when he scores a touchdown and he is also considered one of the best running backs in the league.
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Arian Foster leaves the NFL as an outsider, and his own man - ESPN
Google News - 4 months
Washington Times Arian Foster leaves the NFL as an outsider, and his own man ESPN Ashley Fox reacts to Dolphins RB Arian Foster's retirement and what his legacy will be as a player. (0:46). Facebook · Twitter · Pinterest · Email; comment. 8:00 AM ET. Tim KeownESPN Senior Writer. Close. Senior Writer for ESPN The Magazine; Columnist ... Dolphins' Arian Foster announces his NFL Dolphins RB Arian Foster announces retirement after latest injurySports Illustrated Arian Foster calls it -Yahoo Sports -USA TODAY -Bleacher Report all 125 news articles »
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Dolphins running back Foster calls time on career - 4 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster announced his retirement, effective immediately, on Monday after eight NFL seasons.
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Booms and Busts: Jay Ajayi goes bonkers (again) - Yahoo Sports
Google News - 4 months
Yahoo Sports Booms and Busts: Jay Ajayi goes bonkers (again) Yahoo Sports The Dolphins tried to move away from Jay Ajayi for several months. The team pushed hard for free agent C.J. Anderson during the shopping season; drafted third-round back Kenyan Drake; and eventually settled on Arian Foster as a look-see veteran signee. Ajayi becoming household name before fans can pronounce it (Oct 23, 2016) Jay Ajayi shows he's no one-hit wonder for DolphinsUSA TODAY Jay Ajayi eclipses 200 yards again in Dolphins' Palm Beach Post -SB Nation all 357 news articles »
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Week 2 fantasy football inactives watch: Who's in and who's out?
ABC News - 5 months
In order to help you set your lineups and avoid starting a player who doesn't take the field, we will be posting fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their Sunday inactive lists prior to kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks. Refresh often for the latest information. Ruled out before Sunday RB Chris Ivory (illness), QB Tony Romo (back), RB Kenneth Dixon (knee), TE Tyler Eifert (ankle), WR Kendall Wright (hamstring), TE Zach Ertz (ribs, Monday Night Football) Top players we're watching Early games, 1 p.m. ET (eight scheduled) TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring, questionable) - ?inactive RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle, questionable) -? active RB Arian Foster (hamstring, questionable)?- active WR ...
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Arian Foster plans to keep kneeling during national anthem - ESPN
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ESPN Arian Foster plans to keep kneeling during national anthem ESPN DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster doubled down on his stance Monday to take a knee during the national anthem. Foster said that will continue to be his pregame routine when the Dolphins take the field Sunday against the New ... Hyde: Four protesting Dolphins joined by a big fifth — owner Steve RossSun Sentinel Adam Gase: It's a new day for Jay Kate Upton Calls Miami Dolphins' National Anthem Protest a "Disgrace"E! Online Miami Herald -Palm Beach Post (blog) -Sacramento Bee all 194 news articles »
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Texans Release Franchise Rushing Leader Arian Foster
NYTimes - 12 months
Arian Foster's time with the Houston Texans has ended after seven seasons.
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Possible ways for Texans to clear salary-cap room
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
!function(D,id,s){ if(D.getElementById(id))return; s=D.createElement('script');; s.src='//'; D.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s); }(document,'sh-pollware-loader'); In a piece on published Friday, Bill Barnwell looked at potential salary-cap casualties for each NFL playoff team. When it comes to the Texans, Barnwell identified a new contract for star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who’s entering the last year of his rookie deal, as Houston’s top priority. He called the team’s “second-most pressing need” a quarterback, although many fans who watched Brian Hoyer’s historically bad showing in the AFC wild-card game against Kansas City might bump that to the top of the list. As for who may face the chopping block for the Texans, who are projected to have $28.8 million in salary cap space, here’s what Barnwell wrote: “One way to clear out space would be to release stalwart running back Arian Foster, who i ...
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Grading the Texans: John McClain explains his 2015 report card
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Now that my 10-part series on grading the Texans is finished, I will try to rationalize my reasons for the grades (click through the gallery above to see the grades and highs/lows for each position). I hope you voted in our Texans polls to see how our grades compared. Looking back, was I too easy or too hard? Now that you’ve had time to think about it, were you too easy or too hard? !function(D,id,s){ if(D.getElementById(id))return; s=D.createElement('script');; s.src='//'; D.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s); }(document,'sh-pollware-loader'); I didn’t give an A or even a B+ because every position as well as the coaching/front office contributed to the 2-5 start. No matter how well the Texans did during their 7-2 finish that earned them a 9-7 record and an AFC South title, they couldn’t just wipe out the abysmal start, including the blowouts at Atlanta and Miami. And losing the wild-card game 30-0 to K ...
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John McClain’s 2015 Texans report card: Offensive line
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
A good indication of how important the offensive line was to the Texans could be found in the team’s performance over the second half of the season. !function(D,id,s){ if(D.getElementById(id))return; s=D.createElement('script');; s.src='//'; D.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s); }(document,'sh-pollware-loader'); McCLAIN'S GRADE: C-plus HIGHS In a 19-9 victory over Tampa Bay, the Texans set season highs with 86 plays, 42 rushes and 186 yards rushing, including 139 by Alfred Blue. The Texans were 6-1 when they rushed for at least 100 yards. They were 5-3 in the eight games in which they surrendered only one sack. LOWS Being forced to use eight combinations of starters over the first half of the season because of injuries, contributing to a 3-5 record. Allowed a season-high six sacks against New England and lost 27-6 LT Duane Brown suffering a torn quad tendon in the last regular season game against Jac ...
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What’s next for Texans running back Arian Foster?
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
The future of Texans four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster remains unresolved with his status with the team uncertain due to his recent injury history and a hefty salary-cap figure. What the Texans have to weigh is Foster’s durability coming off an injury-plagued season where he first underwent groin surgery and then tore his Achilles tendon, and his $8.925 million salary-cap figure. “Well, we’ll have to see how healthy he is,” Texans owner Bob McNair said. “But until we know that, there’s really not much you can think about.” Scheduled to make a $6.5 million nonguaranteed base salary next season along with a $500,000 roster bonus to be paid at a $31,250 rate per game active, Foster is entering the final year of a five-year, $43.5 million contract. The Texans could attempt to restructure the deal to lower his salary-cap figure, or they could move on and release Foster prior to the start of free agency in March. Foster turns 30 in August, an age when many NFL running bac ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Arian Foster
  • 2016
    Age 29
    On July 18, 2016, Foster signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.
    More Details Hide Details From a young age, Foster expressed a creative interest in activities outside sports, such as poetry in elementary school, and improvisation and theater in high school. Foster first appeared on television as an actor, and not an athlete, as a guest star of the show Hawaii Five-0 in an episode that takes place during the Pro Bowl. He played himself, aiding Danno and McGarrett as they solved the murder of a tech executive, while Foster was in town for the game. After getting injured in the 2013 season, Foster joined the cast of the movie Draft Day, to play a running back getting drafted into the NFL. The film came out in April 2014. Foster has not ruled out the possibility of partaking in an acting job once again if it does not interrupt his career as an athlete in any way. In an interview on the subject he stated, "I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences in the film industry thus far. So I don't see why, if an opportunity presents itself again, I wouldn't jump on it, but it won't get in the way of my football career because that's first and foremost. That was my dream since I was seven years old."
    Foster was released by the Texans on March 3, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his Texans career with 6,472 yards and 54 rushing touchdowns, both franchise records.
  • 2015
    Age 28
    Foster ruptured his Achilles tendon on October 25, 2015, in a loss to the Miami Dolphins.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, Foster was placed on injured reserve, effectively ending his season.
    With that accomplishment, Foster was voted to the 2015 Pro Bowl, his fourth in his NFL career.
    More Details Hide Details He was named the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for Week 8.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    Foster made it his goal after this devastating injury and surgery to enter the 2014 season as a healthy contributor to the Texans.
    More Details Hide Details Foster had a comeback season after returning from his back injury, rushing for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    Foster had surgery on a bulging disk in his back on November 13, of 2013 in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Foster had tried to play through the injury in the game against the Indianapolis Colts, the day he injured his back, and then tried to avoid surgery. But, after speaking with multiple doctors and specialists, Dr. Watkins included, he decided to undergo the surgery.
    He ended the season with league-high 351 carries and 15 rushing touchdowns, and earning him No. 8 on NFL Top 100 Players of 2013, rising from 25 the previous season.
    More Details Hide Details Foster injured his back in August before the regular season even started, which limited his preseason play, although he was able to play in the first 8 weeks of the regular season. Foster was not physically able to complete the season, but during the time that which he played, Foster had 121 carries, advancing the ball for a total of 542 yards, and had a touchdown in their second game of the regular season in which they beat the Tennessee Titans. He left the game in week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a calf injury, and then in week 9 had to leave the game they lost to the Indianapolis Colts with a season ending back injury. The injury would require surgery for a ruptured disk in Foster’s lumbar spine.
    Foster was announced the starting Running Back in the AFC Division for the 2013 Pro Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details This is the 3rd Pro Bowl he will be invited to.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    Foster revealed his political affiliation during an NFL game, stating he is "in the Green Party", and voting for Ron Paul in the 2012 Presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Paul ran for the Republican Party nomination in 2012. On January 13, 2014, it was reported that Foster was sued by 20-year-old Brittany Norwood, a University of Houston student. She alleges she became pregnant by Foster and the woman further alleged that Foster and/or Foster's family members subsequently pressured her to have an abortion. Foster is an atheist, but was raised as a Muslim.
    He was invited to the 2012 Pro Bowl, which was his second Pro Bowl invite.
    More Details Hide Details On March 5 the Texans reportedly reached a deal with Foster, deciding he was worth up to $43.5 million over 5 years. On October 8, in a Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets, Foster reached 5,000 yards from scrimmage (rushing yards+receiving yards) in his 40th game, becoming the third-fastest player to reach 5,000 yards to do so, only behind Edgerrin James (36 games) and Eric Dickerson (39 games). On December 23 against the Minnesota Vikings, Foster left the game in the third quarter with an irregular heartbeat.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    Foster strained his hamstring twice during the 2011 preseason – at one point creating controversy due to his tweeting of an MRI image of the damaged tendon – resulting in his missing the Texans' opening day game versus the Colts.
    More Details Hide Details Foster returned in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, but after carrying the ball ten times for 33 rushing yards in the first half, he missed the remainder of the game due to a re-aggravation of the hamstring. Foster missed Houston's Week 3 game at New Orleans, but returned to face the Pittsburgh Steelers the following Sunday. Against Pittsburgh Foster ran the ball 30 times for 155 yards, including a 42-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run that proved to be the winning points in the Texans' 17–10 victory. In what was his tenth career 100-yard game, Foster's total of 155 yards was the second-most by a running back against the Steelers defense since 2001, and the most since Curtis Martin tallied 174 versus Pittsburgh in December 2003. Additionally, his 42-yard touchdown was the longest scoring run allowed by the Steelers since 2006. The Texans squared off with the Raiders in Houston in Week 5, just a day after legendary Raiders owner Al Davis died. Foster had a tough time generating yards on the ground, tallying just 68 yards on 22 carries. It was as a pass-catcher that Foster shone against Oakland, catching just five passes for 116 yards, including a career-long 60-yard reception in the third quarter. A last-minute rally by Houston fell short when quarterback Matt Schaub was intercepted in the end zone as Houston fell, 25–20.
    He was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl, which was his first Pro Bowl.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    Foster finished the 2010 season by winning the rushing title with 1,616 rushing yards and 604 receiving yards breaking the record set by Priest Holmes for most yards from scrimmage ever by an undrafted player.
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    After being passed up in rushing yards by Jamaal Charles during the Chiefs last game of the regular season, Foster posted another stunning performance rushing for 180 yards and 2 TD to solidify his spot as the 2010 rushing leader.
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  • 2009
    Age 22
    Foster replaced Steve Slaton, the 2009 starting running back, and broke many franchise records, rushing 33 times for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to breaking the record for the most rushing yards by a player of the Houston Texans in a single game, he and Slaton combined for 260 rushing yards, well over the team record for most total in a game, and also the most rushing yards given up to a single player by the Indianapolis Colts. Foster also posted the second-highest NFL opening day rushing total, trailing only O.J. Simpson's 250 yards in 1973. During week 4 on October 3 vs. the Oakland Raiders after being benched for the 1st quarter, Foster recorded the longest run in Texans franchise history when he scored on a 74-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter to break a 14–14 tie. Houston went on to win 31–24 behind Foster's 187 yards from scrimmage.
    Overall Foster played six games, starting one, during the 2009 season, finishing with 257 yards and three touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details On opening day in 2010, September 12, Houston played the Indianapolis Colts.
    He scored his first NFL career touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in Miami on December 27, 2009 on a 17-yard run up the middle in the second quarter of the game.
    More Details Hide Details Foster then made his first career start against the New England Patriots on January 3, 2010 and ran for 119 yards and scoring twice on 20 carries.
    Foster made his NFL debut against the Tennessee Titans on November 23, 2009 and played on special teams.
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    He was later released on September 5, 2009, but then was signed to the Texans' practice squad on September 6 and signed to the active roster on November 17.
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    Foster was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2009.
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    Foster ranked 24th among running backs available in the 2009 NFL Draft, according to Sports Illustrated.
    More Details Hide Details Although projected as a fifth-to-sixth rounder, Foster went undrafted.
    The combination of factors led to Foster being undrafted at the 2009 NFL Draft; after several teams showed interest in him as a rookie free agent, he chose to sign a contract with the Houston Texans in May 2009 because he thought the situation suited him.
    More Details Hide Details Foster finished his collegiate career as Tennessee's all-time leading rusher with 3,338 yards. His legacy, however, was mixed. He fumbled just five times on a school-record 650 carries, but all of his drops came at critical moments, including fumbles in both 2006 Penn State games, one against Florida in 2007, and against UCLA and Auburn in 2008. His former coach Fulmer has defended Foster regarding these crucial mistakes, saying "There were a couple of fumbles that were untimely that people want to remember; they forget about his full career, about how special he was. He had a couple of fumbles after a couple of big runs. They were costly, but we probably wouldn't have been there without him." Source:
  • 2007
    Age 20
    His junior season of 2007 saw Foster take over as the main back, with Montario Hardesty coming in as a substitute.
    More Details Hide Details Against Florida, Foster fumbled a left-handed hand-off from injured quarterback Erik Ainge which was recovered by Gators linebacker Dustin Doe and returned eighteen yards for a touchdown. Up to that point Tennessee had been gaining momentum and pulled to within eight points of tying the game, but the botched play made the score 35–20 and triggered a 24-point Florida run to close out the contest. Foster surpassed the 1,000-yard mark with a 118-yard performance in a 52–50 win at Kentucky, and finished his junior season with 245 carries for 1,193 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also catching 39 passes for 340 yards and an additional two scores. Foster's breakout junior season resulted in a second-round grade from the draft advisory board and led him to consider leaving school. However, head coach Phillip Fulmer persuaded him to stay for his senior season, a decision Foster would later deeply regret. Playing under the third position coach and offensive coordinator of his tenure, Foster was utilized in a rotation following the installation of a new offensive scheme that the Tennessee coaches thought was a better fit for some of the other running backs on the roster. For his part, Fulmer would attribute Foster's diminished workload to knee and thigh injuries which would later be disputed. In the end, Foster compiled 849 yards on 191 carries with five touchdowns in his senior season.
    Tennessee's final game of the season was the 2007 Outback Bowl, in which Foster fumbled with ten minutes remaining deep in Penn State territory.
    More Details Hide Details The ball was picked up by cornerback Tony Davis and returned 88 yards for a touchdown, breaking a 10–10 tie and providing the winning points in Penn State's 20–10 victory.
  • 2006
    Age 19
    His sophomore season of 2006 saw a slight downturn in production, as Foster was limited for the majority of the season with injuries and missed games against Marshall and Memphis.
    More Details Hide Details Splitting time with LaMarcus Coker after returning from injury, Foster ended the season with just 587 rushing yards.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    In his 2005 freshman season, Foster earned the starting job following an injury to Riggs.
    More Details Hide Details Foster rushed for in his limited action, including a commanding performance against Vanderbilt. Foster scored two touchdowns in the game, and his total of 268 all-purpose yards was the third-highest total in school history.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    Foster chose to attend Tennessee and was part of the 2004 signing class.
    More Details Hide Details Foster also competed on the track & field team as a sprinter and high jumper. He had personal-bests of 11.24 seconds in the dash, and had a top-jump of (6-2.5) in the high jump. He was also a member of the 4x100m relay squad. Source: Note: Incomplete Foster red-shirted his first season as a University of Tennessee Volunteer, sitting behind Gerald Riggs Jr. and Cedric Houston on the depth chart. He was a three-year starter at running back for Tennessee.
  • 2000
    Age 13
    His parents divorced in 2000 while he was attending Valley High School in Albuquerque, and in 2002 he moved to San Diego with his father.
    More Details Hide Details Foster competed in football at Mission Bay Senior High School, where he initially played as a linebacker, but became a full-time running back in his junior and senior years. He was Mission Bay's featured running back those years, and led San Diego County in all-purpose yards with 2,500 while compiling 2,093 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns in addition to six scores on kickoff returns his senior year. In a game against Clairemont, Foster ran for 321 yards and for his efforts, he was named San Diego Union Tribune All-San Diego Western League Player of the Year, received All-West Region appointment by PrepStar, and also earned All-California Interscholastic Federation honors. Then-Tennessee offensive coordinator Randy Sanders and running backs coach Trooper Taylor were impressed by Foster when recruiting in San Diego.
  • 1986
    Foster was born August 24, 1986, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Carl Foster, a former wide receiver for the University of New Mexico, and Bernadette Sizemore, an administrative assistant for the university.
    More Details Hide Details Foster’s father, Carl, signed with the Denver Broncos in 1982, was not able to make it through the summer, and never actually made it to the NFL. Carl and Bernadette had another son Abdul, who was also an athlete. He ran track in high school and in college at Florida A&M. According to Sporting News, Abdul is one of Arian’s biggest fans to this day, watching “every snap of every game Arian has ever played.” Foster’s mother encouraged him to set foot on the football field at the age of 7. This was much to the dismay of Foster’s father, an ex-wide receiver himself. As a former player at a high level, Carl was not supportive of the idea of his son entering the sport at such a young age. Foster took to the game; when his elementary school teacher asked him the classic “what do you want to be when you grow up?” he answered that he intended to become “a star in the NFL.”
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