Chanting: “ANDRE! ANDRE! ANDRE!”
The elementary students are screaming for the Texans’ wide receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson adopted Bastian Elementary school three years ago and visits the school at least once year. Although it’s fun for the kids, Johnson wants to help them excel in the classroom as well.
“The grade that has the best grade point average and best attendance, I’ll throw a pizza party for them. For that whole grade and the two kids from each grade level who has the best attendance, best grades, best citizenship I’ll give them rewards and things like that.”
If you know Andre Johnson or have seen in do interviews, you know he’s a very quiet and reserved person. He says he actually got nervous when he heard the kids chanting his name. Still his visits stem from a promise he made years ago before he made it big.
“I never had a professional athlete come to my school and you never think that you’d be in a position to do it, but I always said if I did make it, I’d do it and so that’s why I do it.”
The students could barely contain themselves. Some of them had Johnson’s number on their face in black paint, just like real football players. Their teacher Ebony Langford says it was her idea.
“Our children, they really can’t afford his jerseys or his t-shirts, so I just wanted to make sure they went down and represented, even if it was just something as simple as a number or a Texans on their face.”
Three of the Texans cheerleaders joined Johnson and helped him pass out prizes to the students. He told the students he’ll be back before the school year is over. In the meantime, he’ll be busy trying to lead the Texans to the playoffs.