Andre Johnson’s goal: 15 seasons, all in Texans uniform

Last offseason, veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson wasn’t sure if the Texans were still the team for him.

With four regular-season games remaining in the 2014 season, Johnson said Thursday he wants to retire as a Texan. He also outlined the end of his career path for the first time.

“I always want things to work out here. I’ve always wanted that,” Johnson said at NRG Stadium. “I don’t want to play for nobody else. I have been here for 12 years. I don’t even think it would feel right.

“I have seen everybody come into this locker room and leave out. Trainers, … stars, coaches — I have seen it all. (My) locker has been here the longest. I couldn’t imagine how it would feel to put on another uniform, so hopefully I’ll be able to be here.”

Johnson also knows the exact amount of years he wants to play in the NFL before turning in No. 80: 15.

Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice lasted 20 years. With Johnson approaching 1,000 career catches – he needs just eight more and can reach the mark Sunday at Jacksonville – the soft-spoken wideout was in a contemplative mood Thursday, saying he could never imagine being a pro as long as Rice.

“I only wanted to play 10 years,” Johnson said. “You know, football careers are very short. You never know how things are going to go, as far as injuries and stuff like that. I would have never thought I would be mentioned up in those categories. To be in the top in receptions and yardage, I would have never thought I would be in this position.”

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