The Houston Texans and running back Arian Foster officially parted ways on Thursday, as the team released its all-time rushing leader after seven seasons.
After the announcement, Foster shared a heartfelt goodbye to the team and the city on Instagram, telling his fans and supporters that he appreciates "every ounce of love I've ever gotten":
in 2009 I flew to Houston with every piece of clothing I owned and told my mother I wasn't coming home. I'll find my way. ambitious for an undrafted rookie that knew nothing about anything. but that's exactly what I did. this ride has had a multitude of ups and downs, but perspective is key. I've got 7 years of beautiful memories with teammates, staff and coaches I'll never forget. thank you all for being a part of this journey. people that I call friends and brothers have all contributed to the success of what we did on the field, and also to the person that I am off. with everything in me, I love and respect the men and women you are. you are a part of me for good. and to the city of houston, I genuinely appreciate every ounce of love I've ever gotten. from seeing a small kid to an 80 year old man wear my jersey. I never took it for granted. we're all just guessing our way through life, being the best people we can, and the people of this city have put a lot of joy in the hearts of my self and my family. onward we march, it's been real. nothing but love on this end.
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Foster went undrafted in 2009 before signing with the Texans, for whom he has played his entire career. He missed 12 games last season due to groin and Achilles injuries. He's tallied 6,472 rushing yards on 1,454 career regular-season rushing attempts for a 4.5-yard average, along with 54 rushing TDs. Foster has added 2,268 receiving yards and 14 receiving TDs during his time in Houston.
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