Going back to August 2007, when 1560 AM was started, in our early days as 1560 The Game (long before our radio plastic surgery that transformed the station into 1560 Yahoo! Sports Radio), we used to do some pretty off-the-wall stuff on the air. At that time, our content certainly resonated and changed the way the other 50 billion sports stations in town approached radio.
It put everyone on their creative toes.
I think those first couple years we were in existence were still the most fun that I've had in any job, and if I look back at the eight or ten most memorable moments from the show I did with John Harris during that time, I'm pretty sure former Texans wide receiver David Anderson was involved in half of them.
A few examples:
There was the time in 2008 during election season that my former co-worker (and all-around good guy) Raheel Ramzanali organized a Texans Election, with the offense and the defense each being represented by presidential and vice presidential candidates: David Anderson and Joel Dreessen for the offense, and Tim Bulman and Anthony Weaver for the defense.
The campaign was one of the most complete and funny episodic pieces of radio comedy ever concocted, playing out over a period of weeks with on-air vignettes from each candidate trashing the other side and interviews from Reliant each week. It all culminated with a live town hall style debate at a local watering hole live on the radio. All four guys were hilarious and amazing in their roles, and the result was one of the funniest nights of radio ever:
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By the way, Bulman won the election (which was conducted on 1560's Web site) by a 54-46 percent margin, if I remember correctly.
There was the time that same season that D.A. told the story of his mom catching him in a lie back in his freshman year of high school, and as punishment she showed up at his school unannounced in a full-body pig costume and gave out cookies to all the students while wearing a sign that said "MY SON IS DAVID ANDERSON AND HE'S BEEN A BAD LITTLE PIGLET."
Shortly after he told us that story, over the holidays, D.A.'s mom came into town to visit him, and she actually came into the studio wearing the pig costume and took pictures with all the 1560 employees. Oh, she also brought cookies. The whole incident actually spawned its own hit single:
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Then there was the time during the offseason after the 2009 season that D.A. requested a sit-down interview in studio with my former 1560 colleague and then-Houston Chronicle
columnist Richard Justice so that he could, for all intents and purposes, ask him face to face, "Why don't you like us, Richie?"The whole thing resulted in a memorable exchange
that finished with Richard screaming,"It's not my job to be liked!!"
(Fast-forward to about the 8:00 mark of the video below for the exchange.)
In short, how players treat radio hosts can evolve in any number of ways. Some good, some bad.
In the "good" category, there are players who are friendly to your show, there are players who become friends of the show and then there are players who just become your friends.
That's D.A. Good dude, class guy, very popular to diehard Texans fans and old-school 1560 listeners.
Eventually, as it does with virtually every player not named Andre Johnson, D.A.'s time in Houston wound up with the team having to say goodbye. He ended up in training camp in 2011 with the Denver Broncos (ironically, the team that had signed him to an offer sheet in 2009 that the Texans matched), and came back to Houston for a cup of coffee during that 2011 season before finishing out the year with the Washington Redskins.
D.A. spent 2012 keeping in shape in case the phone rang and figuring out what the next phase of life would hold for him (a degree of self-awareness that instantly put him ahead of 90 percent of his peers). Careers in radio, coaching and grad school were all in play.
So when it finally came time for him to officially announce his retirement this week and inform his fans and Twitter followers what he'd be doing for the next chapter of his life, he did what people do in 2013 -- he created an eight-second Vine file mocking the self-indulgent collegiate selection process of high school recruits in this day and age:
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Translated, that Vine means that David Anderson will be attending graduate school at USC starting this fall!
Cue Lane Kiffin checking for loopholes in the eligibility rules.
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