The Houston Texans' offensive line is much of the reason why Arian Foster gets around the field so easily. One of the sturdiest lines in the NFL, these men have allowed Foster to run for at least 1,200 yards in each of the last three seasons.
And now, Foster is returning the favor by helping his offensive linemen move a little quicker.
The Pro Bowl running back, who is known for riding a Segway around Reliant Stadium, bought each of the linemen a Segway this week as a token of his appreciation.
The big guys were understandably thrilled.
"The Segways are crazy," guard Brandon Brooks said. "It's the best Christmas present I've ever gotten. Once we learn how to ride it, we’ll be alright."
If you're wondering how Foster is paying for the Segways, which can cost several thousand dollars each, here's your answer: Foster is making $5 million this year and recently signed a five-year extension worth $43.5 million.
Quarterback Matt Schaub was cautiously optimistic about the scooters. While he said the lineman were certainly deserving of the gift, he was concerned about their safety.
Foster, however, had no doubt that the lineman would be safe.
"Nah man, they’re professional athletes," he said. "Sometimes they’re like a polar bear on ice but they should be fine. You can’t go that fast on it so you might get a scrape when you fall but I don't think they’re going to fall."
Foster says the offensive linemen give him grief for riding his Segway around, so if nothing else this gift should help out his cause as well.
"Anytime I give a gift, I always try to give something thoughtful," Foster said. "A couple of guys like Chris Myers and (Duane) Brown and Wade Smith always getting on me about riding my Segway. 'You can’t walk? You too good to walk?’ I'm like, 'nah man, I just like to ride wheels.' I saw a little bit of jealously in their eyes when they were talking about me, so I figured I’d give all the linemen a gift."
(H/T to Off the Bench)
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