The scar is visible on the top of his left hand and fullback Jay Prosch is not complaining about finally getting back on the field for the Houston Texans. Prosch has been absent from the team and been limited in practice due to a hand injury, but he came back this past week and made his NFL debut on Saturday night against the Atlanta Falcons in a 32-7 win.
Prosch commented about his return to the field, “Feels great. It is really hard to sit back and watch your teammates play especially whenever you work hard
to get to this point. So you really want to be out there. It was good to be out there and finally with the team.”
The rookie fullback brings the hard nosed mentality that his Head Coach Bill O’Brien wants to instill to his team and Prosch is a symbol of this new era of
Texans football. With a deep steel blue cast on his left hand for the pre-season opener, Prosch put on display that hard-nosed play for the home crowd.
“That is what I am here to do, to play hard nosed football. I definitely think it is rubbing off on the team the way we practice and with the mentality we
have on the field.” Prosch explained.
The Texans put their best foot forward on Saturday and it was Prosch leading the way for the first touchdown of the preseason. Leading the way for fellow
rookie Alfred Blue on a one yard plunge, Prosch took pride in the moment to put the points on the board.
“It was a really good bonding for me and him (Alfred Blue) to go through that together and get a touchdown. Obviously the mentality is to bow up and get
the ball into the end zone.”
A month into training camp and with two preseason games in the books, Prosch still sits back and takes time to think about where he is at. The moment is
surreal for the rookie fullback and sometimes he has to pinch himself and according to Prosch, “Everyone once in a while, I do actually. “
Prosch was all smiles after his first NFL game and rightfully so,
“It is amazing and it is an honor to be here. I’m just trying to take it day by day and embrace the opportunity.”