Local football star shines during NFL game

Posted at: 01/05/2013 8:30 PM
Updated at: 01/05/2013 10:49 PM
By: KOB.com Staff

A local man who used to go to Valley High School was the star of one of the day's NFL wild card games.

Arian Foster plays for the Houston Texans. He's been taking off in the NFL and Saturday, KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke to some of his old coaches about his success.

Foster's former basketball coaches at Valley High School said it wasn't always obvious that he would go pro.

"As a freshman basketball player, did you think he was going to be playing in the NFL...probably not," Joe Coleman said.

"Arian was a little chubby basketball player as a freshman and a sophomore but you could see that he had some raw skills," Ben Santistevan said.

Fast forward to now as he plays for the Houston Texans. Foster helped them get a win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Coleman says even with all this success Foster is remaining grounded.

He said Foster came back to Valley High a few years ago to watch a game with fans.

"The way he handled himself and as polite as he was to all the people trying to get autographs," Coleman said. "He spent all day there, came to the locker room and spent most of the evening there talking to all of our players."

And that grounding stayed with Foster even after Saturday's win in an post-game interview.

"You gotta come out and bring your best, you can get beat on any day," Foster said.

Foster has played for the Texans since 2009.