"I had the time of my life, honestly," Justin Britt said after 37-21 win against Jacksonville. "That was probably the most fun I've had playing a football game in a while."
Late in the third quarter against the Jaguars, Britt direct snapped the ball to Mark Ingram II from the Jacksonville five-yard line. Ingram handed the ball off to Phillip Lindsay who ran it in for a touchdown. After the wildcat play, Lindsay handed the ball to Britt for the touchdown celebration.
"I spiked the ball, and then I let out a big yell," Britt said. "That play we worked on all week, and to be able to execute it that way and for it to happen exactly how we thought. It was just one of those moments. In the football world, I was the happiest I could be. I appreciate him letting me do that. I would have been fine if he spiked it, but I definitely take it."
After a season-ending knee injury in Week 8 of the 2019 season, the former Seahawks starting center would have to wait 687 days until his next game. In his six seasons with Seattle, Britt had only missed one regular-season game. Now following the 2019 campaign, Britt found himself out of a job and in free agency during an offseason impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Britt, a 2014 second-round draft pick (32nd overall), spent the 2020 season rehabbing and getting back to full strength.
"It's like two years of pent-up aggression, just being at home having to watch the game and not being on a team," Britt said.
The 6-6, 315-pound offensive lineman was back.
In their Week 1 win, the Texans set a new Week 1 franchise record by scoring 37 points and tied another when they gained 450 total yards of offense. Anchoring the offensive line at center, Britt couldn't help but celebrate the team win, as well as the personal victory with his teammates.
"I love this feeling," Britt said. "I mean, call me crazy, call me weird, but to have soreness to wake up this morning, it being somewhat of a struggle to get out of bed, I missed it and every aspect of the game. The meetings, having to wake up early, the workouts, practicing, 100-degree heat and humidity that might be new to me. But I missed the grind, I missed the struggle, I missed someone scoring a touchdown and getting to celebrate. It was pretty cool that Phil (Phillip Lindsay) gave me the ball to spike. I feel like that was symbolic to me, in my own selfish way. But no, I had a lot of fun last night."
The Texans will travel to Cleveland to face the Browns in Week 2. Kickoff is set for Sept. 19 at noon on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
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