The Houston Texans, under the guidance of quarterback Case Keenum, seized a thrilling 19-16 overtime victory against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The pivotal win has kept the Texans’ playoff hopes alive in a tightly contested AFC race that is unlike any other year.
A significant aspect of Keenum’s postgame reflection was his heartfelt acknowledgment of his Christian faith. “I just have to thank God for putting me right here in this spot with this team,” Keenum stated.
“It’s just such an incredible opportunity. I’m loving every minute of it.”
Filling the shoes of injured rookie phenom C.J. Stroud, Keenum showcased his prowess by overcoming a daunting 13-0 second-quarter deficit. He completed 23 of 36 passes, throwing for 229 yards, and achieved a critical game-tying touchdown with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Noah Brown.
The remarkable comeback not only showcased Keenum’s skill, but also highlighted his mental toughness under pressure.
The Texans’ journey to the overtime win was fraught with challenges, notably the absence of several key players including top receiver Nico Collins and defensive starters like end Will Anderson Jr. Despite these setbacks, the team’s collective effort and Keenum’s strategic play paved the way for Ka’imi Fairbairn’s decisive 54-yard field goal in overtime.
With the playoffs in sight, the Texans look forward to continuing their pursuit of the playoffs this season.
Despite a successful college career, Keenum went undrafted in 2012. He signed with the Houston Texans and spent his entire rookie season on their practice squad. In 2013, Keenum was promoted to the Texans’ 53-man roster as a third-string quarterback. After a brief period with the St. Louis Rams, Keenum returned to the Texans in December 2014. He won his first NFL game as a starter in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Following his time with the Texans, Keenum was involved in various transactions, including being signed to the Rams’ practice squad and later being traded by the Rams back to the Texans. He continued his career with different teams, including the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.
Ironically the NFL journeyman is back with the Texans this year, serving as a backup but still playing well.
Keenum is known for his open profession of faith, particularly following the Minnesota Vikings’ miraculous last-second win known as the “Minneapolis Miracle.” He had stated that the best moment of his life was when he gave his life to Jesus Christ.
In discussing his journey to the NFL, Keenum has said how his faith has played a significant role in overcoming obstacles and achieving his dreams. He has been involved with the FCA since middle school. His connection to this organization is deepened by his father, Steve Keenum, who was a football coach for 24 years and later became a multi-area director for FCA.
Keenum has said that his identity as a Christian is paramount, even above his identity as a football player. He has been quoted saying, “I’m not a football player that happens to be a Christian; I’m a Christian who happens to be a football player.”