After going 1-7 a year ago, which included two forfeits due to the lack of players, Fort Bend Christian Academy made a change.
A big change.
At 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, first-year head coach Jordan Black looks the part. He played the part having donned the uniform for Notre Dame and in the NFL for a decade. One of his stops was with the Houston Texans and he's laid down some roots ever since. Talk about root, he also has five children and runs a Snap Fitness Gym in Missouri City.
"I'm trying to change the culture here," Black said. "I want a football team that is willing to run through a brick wall. I want the team to play with passion, and I want that to be noticeable to folks in the stands."
HOUSTON – Everything changed for Travis Swanson on January 14.
That is a day that Swanson will never forget. It was when his daughter Kendyl Gray Swanson was born and, in turn, caused the former Kingwood High School and Arkansas Razorback star to reevaluate things following the completion of his fifth NFL season.
"When I look back on it there was a reason that she got here when she got here, right after the season," Swanson said. "I believe in things like that. Everything happens for a reason. She's a complete blessing and she's almost six months old already, it's just completely flown by in a blink of an eye."
After talking with his wife Emily, on May 18, Swanson officially announced his retirement from the NFL in an Instagram post that was led with a photo of him holding little Kendyl.
"When it came down to it, it just felt like the right thing to do," Swanson said. "I was kind of at that point of my career too where I was completely vested with all the benefits that the NFL has to offer, which was another big plus."
Swanson's introduction to the game of football came when he was just six years old. Growing up in Kingwood, Swanson started in the KFL.
Eventually, he ended up at Kingwood High School where in his senior year was a finalist for the Greater Houston Area Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. That year, Swanson was also first-team, all-state and ranked as the No. 73 offensive tackle prospect of the class of 2009.
Swanson ended up choosing Arkansas, where he ended up meeting Emily.
"I don't know if I would have gone to Arkansas if I wasn't playing sports, that's kind of hard to say," Swanson said. "So, football led me to her. Now we have this beautiful family and we've had an unbelievable life. There's so many things that I'm grateful for that I owe to this game."