One of the biggest stories in the NFL this week has been the release of Arian Foster by the Houston Texans.
Foster was with the Texans for seven years since being picked up by the team in 2009 when he went undrafted, and will arguably go down as one of the best players in the franchise's short history.
The team announced in a statement yesterday that he would be released, and Texans general manager Rick Smith showed his respect for Foster and wished him the best of luck for the future.
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Upon his release, the four-time Pro Bowler released a heartfelt goodbye to his former teammates and the city of Houston via Instagram and reflected on his time with the team.
He said: "In 2009 I flew to Houston with every piece of clothing I owned and told my mother I wasn't coming home. I'll find my way. ambitious for an undrafted rookie that knew nothing about anything. but that's exactly what I did. this ride has had a multitude of ups and downs, but perspective is key.
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"I've got 7 years of beautiful memories with teammates, staff and coaches I'll never forget. thank you all for being a part of this journey. people that I call friends and brothers have all contributed to the success of what we did on the field, and also to the person that I am off. with everything in me, I love and respect the men and women you are. you are a part of me for good. and to the city of
"You are a part of me for good. and to the city of Houston, I genuinely appreciate every ounce of love I've ever gotten. from seeing a small kid to an 80-year-old man wear my jersey. I never took it for granted. we're all just guessing our way through life, being the best people we can, and the people of this city have put a lot of joy in the hearts of my self and my family. onward we march, it's been real. nothing but love on this end."
Foster is the all-time leading rusher for the Texans, as he achieved 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns with the team. He also had 2,268 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns during his time in Houston.
However, several injuries over the past couple of years have limited his production to the point where it appears the franchise no longer want to risk leading the backfield with him. He missed 12 games last season due to a groin and Achilles injuries.
The 29-year-old still has plenty left in the tank and he shouldn't find it difficult to find another team before the start of the 2016 season, but because of his injury history, teams might not be willing to give him the starting job straight away.
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