Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster has earned himself many labels since entering the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009 out of the University of Tennessee, where he was a philosophy major and had a roller coaster collegiate career.
Named “the most interesting man in the NFL” by Sporting News, Foster is an avid writer of poetry with an inspiring life story. He’s also caused some controversy in the Twitter world for posting an anti-awesome MRI picture of his hamstring injury in August 2011 and announcing his decision to go vegan before the start of the 2013 season.
Foster, 26, is now scheduled to show off his crime-solving skills in an episode of Hawaii Five-O on Monday, February 18 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The episode is appropriately titled, “Pa’ani,” which is Hawaiian for “The Game.”
While Danny (played by actor Scott Caan) obsesses over the Pro Bowl, the next-to-last football contest until August, the Five-O team investigates the murder of a tech executive with the help of the 6-1, 228-pound running back.
Pat Monahan from the band “Train” and Larry Manetti (“Magnum P.I.”) also guest star in the episode.
In just his second season in 2010, Foster—who spent his first year on the practice squad—broke out, as he led the league in rushing with 1,616 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also hauled in 66 catches for 609 yards and two TDs.
After another strong season in 2011, the part-time vegan carried the ball 351 times (most in NFL) for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground in 2012. He caught 40 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns as well.
Foster has appeared in 45 games with 42 starts and three Pro Bowl trips over the past three seasons, rushing for 4,264 yards and 41 touchdowns (averaging 4.46 yards on 956 carries) with 159 receptions for 1,438 yards and six scores.
Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and NFC West Lead Writer and the Founder, CEO of GridironGrit.com. He’s also about to start reporting on topics across all sides of the political spectrum and analyze important issues in the liberty movement for a political website. Follow him @_MichaelGartman on Twitter.