DeMeco Ryans Named Houston Texans Head Coach: ‘What Sustains Us [is] Jesus Christ’
By Movieguide® Staff
The Houston Texans recently hired former player DeMeco Ryans as their new head coach after missing out on the 2023 NFL playoffs.
“When it came down to it, there is no place I wanted to be [more] than [Houston],” Ryans said at a recent press conference, who was in high demand around the league. “It was an easy pick. For me, it’s a no-brainer. To be here, to be home, it’s a no-brainer, so it wasn’t a difficult decision at all.”
Ryans played six seasons with the Texans as a linebacker and made the Pro Bowl twice in his career.
The former player retired in 2015, and in 2017 started his coaching career with the San Francisco 49ers.
Throughout his success in the NFL as a player and coach, Ryans is open about his Christian faith.
“I didn’t know it at the time, but I’m so happy for my mom instilling that into me at a young age,” Ryans told Sports Spectrum in 2020. “Because now as I continue to grow older and older, that’s the only thing that truly matters. That’s the only thing — our relationship with Jesus Christ.”
“It’s a surreal moment for me, and I’m thankful to God that He’s just paved the way for me through everything that I’ve been through in life,” he said of his new position with the Texans.
Reportedly, Ryans also attended coaches’ Bible studies led by San Francisco chaplain Earl Smith.
“You’ve got to keep the main thing the main thing, and that’s why we’re all here — and that’s by the grace of God,” Ryans told Sports Spectrum in a recent interview. “Why are we in the position that we’re in? Why are we able to do what we do? That’s by God blessing us with this awesome opportunity to reach back and teach these young men, help these young men.”
After a three-win season, Ryans said he looks forward to helping the team turn things around in the upcoming season.
“We have to stay grounded in the Word,” he told Sports Spectrum. “We can get caught up in our work, a lot of long hours, a lot of long days. But you can’t forget what sustains us, and that’s Jesus Christ. He sustains us.”
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