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In 2011, surprise impact players have stopped remaining nameless

T.J. Yates, Houston, quarterback -- Granted, Yates has only played about six quarters so far as a rookie, so it's a stretch of sorts to...


ESPN3 to Carry National Football Foundation Events, Woody Durham to Receive Award

2011 NFF Major Award Winners: Robert M. Gates, the Gold Medal; Dr. Archie Roberts, Distinguished American Award; Verne Lundquist and Brent Musburger, co-recipients of the...


Video: Hakeem Nicks one-handed TD grab

Hakeem Nicks catches a TD pass one-handed from Eli Manning...


Video: TJ Yates leads Texans to big win

Texans QB T.J. Yates talks about his confidence going into his first career start and leading the Texans to a big 17-10 win over the...


Video: TJ Yates 50-yard pass to Andre Johnson

TJ Yates passes deep over the middle to Andre Johnson to the Atlanta 4-yard-line for 50 yards...


Hakeem Nicks gets fist bump -- from Charles Woodson

After going into beast mode and making a ridiculous one-handed catch in the end zone for a touchdown, Hakeem Nicks received a fist bump --...


Why Not T.J. Yates?

A nice feature from Fox NFL Sunday on former UNC QB T.J. Yates as he prepared to make his first start for the Houston Texans...


T.J. Yates ready to put arm to good use for Texans

Though T.J. Yates’ numbers weren’t especially impressive on Sunday, he was poised, assertive and accurate – and he had more zip on his passes than...


Star-tossed Texans keep on truckin' with No. 3 QB

Logic said the Texans would be doomed in the playoffs with a rookie third-stringer at the quarterback position. Except they just beat the NFC's top...


Texans drop Falcons 17-10 in TJ Yates’ first start

Making his first NFL start because of injuries to Matt Schaub and backup quarterback Matt Leinart, Yates managed the game well, especially while executing the...


Beating adversity is nothing new to rookie QB T.J. Yates

Growing up in suburban Atlanta, T.J. Yates dreamed of being a college basketball star. During his junior season at North Carolina, he was finally treated...


T.J. Yates ready to step into starting NFL job, UNC history

It wasn't until Wednesday, three days after his NFL debut, that it hit T.J. Yates that his life was about to change. The media throng,...


T.J. Yates makes quick rise to Texans starter

At the same time, she and her husband, John, noticed his replacement, No. 13, trotting onto the field. It was their son, T.J. Yates, about...


Lenox Rawlings: Yates makes a breakthrough

Finally, after 91 seasons, a North Carolina alumnus will start an NFL game at quarterback. Rookie T.J. Yates, Houston's fifth-round draft pick, will take the...


T.J. Yates talks about whirlwind week

Here are excerpts of T.J. Yates’ press conference with the Atlanta media in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. The Texans’ rookie quarterback graduated...


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