Texans’ Bill O’Brien Jersey: Season opener will help Houston fans ‘get back on their feet’

Hurricane Harvey has caused devastation across the southern parts of Texas, including Houston.

As millions of dollars have poured in for relief, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he hopes the team’s home opener Sept. 10 against the Jaguars in Week 1 will help boost the city’s morale.

We feel like people can get to the game, so we feel strongly about playing the game in our stadium, O’Brien said on ESPN’s Mike & Mike. Obviously that will be in conjunction with the mayor, city council and all that. But I do feel strongly about playing there.

The Texans and Cowboys were scheduled to play Thursday for their final preseason game, but it was scrapped so both teams could be with their families. The game originally was supposed to be played in Houston, but the Cowboys offered their facilities as Harvey made landfall and the Texans have been in Dallas-Fort Worth since the weekend.
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In the end, the NFL decided the game wasn’t worth it.

Quandre Diggs Youth Jersey At the end of the day, it came down to these guys had been away from their families. They really had to get back to help their families, O’Brien said. A lot of the guys’ families have been relocated, coaches and players. And so it was important to try to get back as soon as possible.

It became much more about family than football. … As far as playing a game, it was time to get home and that’s what we decided to do.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been instrumental in raising funds for hurricane relief. His fundraiser had collected more than $10 million as of Thursday, and the number is expected to grow.