INDIANAPOLIS – Before work begins in Indianapolis, Andre Johnson had one final stop to make in Houston.
Johnson was honored at the Moonlight Soiree Spring Gala with the Houston Area Women's Center on Friday night, the day prior to boarding a plane for his first new home in a dozen NFL seasons.
The event provided the Houston media a chance to catch up with the most distinguished player in Texans' franchise history.
"Everybody thinks I went to the Colts to try to get back at the Texans, and stuff like that. That had nothing to do with it." Johnson said on Friday in Houston.
"I just went to the best place where I felt that was the best fit for me where I can have the best chance to win a championship. It wasn't about circling dates or nothing against the Texans. I had 12 great years here."
The future for Johnson finishing his career in Houston came into jeopardy prior to the 2014 season.
Under a new coaching staff and with a significant contract, Johnson's time in Houston appeared to be uncertain.
He played out the 2014 season, another year in which Johnson didn't get the opportunity to play for the prize that has him preparing for another season at the age of 33.
That now comes in Indianapolis.
Johnson arrived in the state capitol of Indiana on Saturday afternoon and had to make one stop before the unpacking began.
His debut in Lucas Oil Stadium will come in a few months at the Colts open minicamp practice on June 10.
The work for now takes place on West 56th Street where Johnson starts a new chapter with the team he called a rival for so many years.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," Johnson said. "Can't wait to get it going. I'll go in, just learn what I need to learn, learn my new teammates and try to fit in and help win games."
"It'll be different. But at the same time it's a new opportunity and I'm going to take full advantage of it."