Texans president and CEO Cal McNair issued a statement on the defensive lineman’s release.
“There aren’t many players in franchise history who have impacted our organization and our community in the same way that Whitney Mercilus has,” McNair said. “I can remember a number of times over the past 10 seasons he has stepped in for us on the pitch with a sack or a big play at a pivotal moment, but that’s his unique connection to the Houston community. which made him one of the most popular actors in franchise history.Our fan base turned to Whitney from day one, and he always found ways to give back and serve through his foundation and her culinary work. My family and the entire organization will always consider Whitney to be a Texan. “
Mercilus ranks second in franchise history for sacks (57.0), loss tackles (72), quarterback hits (115), forced fumbles (13), recoveries from fumbles (eight) and multi-sack games (13) in 134 games (102 starts)) as Texan, the third tallest in franchise history. He’s also made eight playoff games (five starts), recording 26 tackles (15 solo), seven tackles for loss and a franchise record of 7 sacks.
Off the pitch, Mercilus has advocated and supported families of children with disabilities and special needs through its WithMerci Foundation. Nominated by Texans for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award 2018, Mercilus and his foundation have donated countless hours and monetary contributions to numerous organizations, such as the Houston Independent School District’s Special Education Department, the Smartie Pants Academy Center, Easter Seals. of Greater Houston and the Foundation for Autism Care, Education and Services.
The Texans will practice Wednesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center. Sunday in Arizona, they face the Cardinals at 3:25 p.m. CT.
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