The Houston Texans rewarded strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smith with a game ball following the team's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2, a testament to how healthy the team has been so far this season.
Smith is a former NFL fullback who directs the team's strength and conditioning program year-round. The Texans escaped the game with Jacksonville with no major injuries. Players attest to Smith's worth:
"He's somebody that makes us fight every day to be stronger, get faster," left tackle Duane Brown said. "Houston is not the easiest place to practice in, and he does a great job of making us fight through the weather, fight through the elements, and we're stronger because of it. To come into today's climate, it was extremely hot, run 85 plays on offense, have a 17-play drive and still play at a high level and not slack off at all... that's a testament to the hard work that he put us through."