INTERVIEW: YoungAriGold with Texans Long Snapper Jon Weeks

INTERVIEW: YoungAriGold with Texans Long Snapper Jon Weeks

INTERVIEW: YoungAriGold with Texans Long Snapper Jon Weeks

 
 
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In this special INTERVIEW episode of the Texans Unfiltered Podcast, our very own YoungAriGold has a great conversation with Houston Texans Long Snapper and consummate professional, Jon Weeks. Please give Jon a Texans Unfiltered Welcome, and drop him a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you can – and let him know if you appreciated his interview!

About Jon Weeks

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 242 lbs
  • Age: 32
  • School: Baylor (2004-2007)
  • Hometown: Bethpage, NY
  • Grew up a “military rat”

Transactions

  • Signed by the Houston Texans as a college free agent on April 28, 2010
  • Re-signed with the Texans on March. 5, 2012
  • Signed a contract extension with the Texans on Sept. 7, 2015

Career Highlights (Source: Houston Texans)

  • Named to the 2015 Pro Bowl
  • Signed by the Texans during the 2010 offseason and made the roster out of training camp
  • Has handled 1,347 extra point, field goal and punt snaps and has contributed with 23 special teams tackles
  • Tied for second in Texans history with 142 career games played
  • Owns a streak of 141 consecutive regular season games played, the longest streak in Texans history
  • One of three players (CB Johnathan Joseph and CB/S Kareem Jackson) to play in every postseason game in Texans history
  • Played in every game since 2010

Interview Notes

Ari fills Jon in on all things Texans Unfiltered, and they discuss the team’s week thus far. Jon Weeks is the longest tenured Texans player, and the longest consecutive games played streak for the team.

Trevor Daniel

On his overall outlook about him, how it is replacing a GOAT, his adjustments to learning the pro game, and learning the art of holding for place kicks

  • Had a great relationship with Shane Lechler
  • Working with Trevor to improve to get to that level of comfort
  • Building strong relationships with the other specialists is crucial to long term success
  • Believes that Trevor will be a punter in the league for many years

Ka’imi Fairbairn

On how John Christian Ka’iminoeauloameka’ikeokekumupa’a Fairbairn is made up mentally, and how he truly is cool as a cucumber

  • Has a great relationship, and Jon considers him a very good friend
  • His face and demeanor on a miss, is the same on a make
  • His mentality is what all 32 teams in the league are looking for in a kicker
  • The moment is never too big or too small for him
  • He has a short memory, he knows you can’t live and die on each kick – each is their individual battle
  • Like with Trevor, he thinks he’ll be in the league for a long time

Special Teams

The two discuss how the special teams this year has gelled, and how key additions and contributions have turned around the special teams in such a short time

  • They have a great locker room, where every guy is playing for each other – they have all bought in
  • That is big for special teams, because every yard counts on skill plays
  • They all take their job very seriously, and the team does from the top down
  • Jon mentions how Justin Reid has been fantastic in the role of a personal protector
  • A.J. Moore has been a standout as a rookie in the gunner role

Family Ties

  • Jon discusses his daughter Parker Grace – which happens to also be YoungAriGold’s son’s name!

Pre-Game Routine

  • What does a typical game day look like
    • A normal noon game, he gets to the stadium early – doesn’t like to feel rushed
    • Mental work and mental repetition, mental focusing he’s (so much of football is mental)
    • Gets dressed, and hits the field visualizing snapping field goals and punts
    • Steps, breath, hand placement,
  • Relaxes with the guys pre-game – and enjoys the game
  • Plays the “goal post game” with Ka’imi
  • It is all about staying relaxed
  • Listening to comedians – Daniel Tosh on repeat
  • Seinfeldhead! Yada yada yada… snap the ball!

What About BoB?

  • Bill O’Brien is a great coach, and he has a great relationship with him
  • He loves playing for BoB, and he will “run through a wall” for the man
  • He has loved every second he has played for him – can’t say enough good about him

Personal Tidbits

  • Was in training to be an EMT when called by the Texans for a tryout, and he was working as a firefighter
  • Was spotted at an open specialist combine in Arizona
  • An all-region offensive and defensive lineman for Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Ariz.
  • Two-way player of the year selection
  • Friday Night Fever Defensive Line Player of the Year
  • Received the Curley Culp Award as Arizona’s best defensive lineman
  • Mountain Ridge recorded four straight winning records during his prep career and captured regional titles in both 2000 and 2002
  • Mountain Lions went 24-2 during Weeks’ last two seasons, which included a 14-1 mark and a state semifinal appearance as a junior in 2002
  • Loves Houston, it is now their home

Before You Go

  • Is Deshaun Watson really that cool? Yes, “he really is that person… he is an amazing human being”
  • “You know he is special, and you want to gravitate to him”
  • DJ Reader is a “great person, hard worker… and a pleasure to be around… a jokester…”

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