In 1997, the Oilers left Houston and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. It was the first time since 1959 that the city of Houston, Texas was without a professional football team. It looked like it would be at least a decade before the NFL would return to Houston. However, in 1995 the Browns moved out of Cleveland.
The NFL Commissioner at the time, Paul Tagliabue, promised the city of Cleveland the next expansion team. Sure enough, the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999 as the league's 31st team. In order to have a balanced schedule the league needed to expand. Los Angeles was on track to get that expansion franchise but they couldn't raise the funds to build a stadium. Instead, the NFL awarded the city of Houston the NFL's 32nd franchise on October 6, 1999. The Houston Texans, owned by Bob McNair, entered the NFL in 2002.
Houston Texans tickets are sold for NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium), which is the first NFL venue to have a retractable roof. Besides being home to the Texans, NRG Stadium is also home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. NRG Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.
The Texans are part of the AFC South. Their main rivals are their division foes the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans. The franchise also sells a lot of Texans tickets whenever they host interstate rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. As of 2009, the Texans have never qualified for the postseason. Their best win-loss record came in 2009 when they finished 9-7. The Texans first head coach was Dom Capers—he was also the first head coach of the Carolina Panthers. The team's first ever draft pick was quarterback David Carr.