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#OCCUPY THE PLAYOFFS
DAMON HACK
December 05, 2011
A first-ever postseason berth is the righteous cause in Houston—but with two QBs already lost to injury, the Texans will need hard-charging, deep-thinking feature back Arian Foster to lead the way
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December 05, 2011

#occupy The Playoffs

A first-ever postseason berth is the righteous cause in Houston—but with two QBs already lost to injury, the Texans will need hard-charging, deep-thinking feature back Arian Foster to lead the way

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Some teammates still bring up Foster's first training camp, when he was called in front of the team for the rookie show. "He came in and did this hip-hop rhyme, talking about different players on the team," Brown says. "He got a standing ovation. He's a poet."

Carl elaborates, "In a nutshell, the Fosters—we don't think inside the box."

Which is why Foster was energized by his first visit to Manhattan and deeply affected by the people he encountered. Besides his time at Occupy Wall Street, he videotaped break-dancers on a subway platform, peeked through the windows at Sylvia's soul food restaurant in Harlem ("It was packed," he says) and watched a religious discussion unfold on the street.

"One guy was sitting there talking about the Bible, the next guy was sitting there talking about the Koran," Foster says. "I grew up in Albuquerque, but I felt like New York was home. It's always been part of my personality to be able to mingle with whoever. I can hang out with gang members or talk to a congressman and be just as eloquent, because I can identify with the human cause. At the end of the day, no matter who you are, everybody just wants to smile."

So New York City calls to Arian Foster, and he vows to return. There will be time for that. Right now it's Houston that needs him most.

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