JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
HOUSTON — Former Burnet High School quarterback Stephen McGee has signed to play for the Houston Texans.
PHOTO 1: Former Burnet Bulldogs quarterback Stephen McGee played college football at Texas A&M University. File photo
PHOTO 2: Stephen McGee was picked in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He was the third-string quarterback for Dallas until the 2012 season, when he was cut. File photo
His father, Pastor Rodney McGee, said he received a text from his son Jan. 24 to let him know he passed the team’s physical and signed the contract.
It also means the 2004 Burnet High School graduate can participate in the Texans’ organized team activities and training camp.
“What he’ll have to do is make the roster,” his father said. “The challenge is in that.”
Houston’s starting quarterback Matt Schaub led the Texans to a 13-5 overall record this season. Houston won the AFC South Division title and was the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. The Texans beat Cincinnati 19-13 in a wildcard playoff game Jan. 5 but lost 41-28 to the New England Patriots a week later.
Other Texans quarterbacks include T.J. Yates and Case Keenum, a rookie from the University of Houston.
McGee was originally picked in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and was the third-string quarterback until the start of the 2012 season. when he didn’t make the team’s final cut. As a result, he moved back to College Station but stayed in shape and visited with other organizations, including the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants, though all passed on signing him.
McGee knows head coach Gary Kubiak because of their Texas A&M University connection. Both played quarterback for the Aggies. Kubiak and Mike Sherman, McGee’s head coach at A&M, are friends, Rodney McGee said.
“(Kubiak) and Sherman had a great relationship,” Rodney McGee said.