Case Keenum was hunting deer in a treestand in Missouri when he got the call from his agent stating that the Houston Texans wanted him back.
Case Keenum was deer hunting in Missouri when he got the call every football player dreams of: The offer to play in the NFL.
The former University of Houston standout started eight games at quarterback for the Houston Texans in the 2013 season, but the team did not win a single game he played in. The Texans suffered through a disappointing 2-14 season.
Keenum was cut at the start of the 2014 season by the Texans and was picked up by the St. Louis Rams. He played on their practice squad for most of the season, but has not played in an NFL game since last year. That all changed when the quarterbacks for his former team started getting injured at a furious pace.
First, Ryan Mallett injured his pectoral muscle in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Then, Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tom Savage were both injured in Week 15 against the Colts and things started to get really interesting for Keenum.
I was in a tree with a bow in my hand, hunting white-tail deer out in a field about 30 minutes outside of Missouri. My wife was texting me actually during the Texans game that Ryan had gotten hurt and that Tom was in there and Shane (Lechler) was warming up. I got a call from my agent and my heart kind of jumped a little bit, and it’s been pretty wild since then.
Keenum made the trip down to Houston, and since he began the season with the Texans and was therefore more familiar with Bill O’Brien’s system than any other quarterback on the roster, he was given the opportunity to start in the Texans’ Week 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens in Houston.
He did not disappoint, and led the Texans to a 25-13 victory, his first as an NFL quarterback.
Case Keenum started again against Jacksonville the next week, the Texans’ final game of the season, and once again led the Texans to victory.
Though he did not end up bagging a deer on this particular hunting trip, I’m sure Case Keenum is perfectly fine with trading the opportunity to shoot a deer with having the chance to start (and win) two games as a starting NFL quarterback.
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