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Arian Foster Retired at 30, But Where is He Now?
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Former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster didn’t have a long NFL career, but his stint in the league was jam-packed with jaw-dropping touchdowns and huge breakaway rushes.

The four-time Pro Bowl running back played just eight seasons in the NFL, retiring at age 30 in order to pursue another endeavor in life.

So, just what is Arian Foster up to in his post-NFL life?

Early Years and College Career

Arian Foster was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His father, Carl Foster, had a brief NFL career as a wide receiver with the Denver Broncos, but never played in a game.

Foster moved to San Diego in high school, where he’d finish his high school football career as a running back, despite having naturally been a linebacker.

After high school, Foster enrolled at the University of Tennessee, where he would become a star. He scored 22 touchdowns across his first three seasons, and was set to declare for the NFL where he was projected to be a second-round draft pick.

However, Volunteers head coach Phillip Fulmer persuaded him to stay in school for his senior year, but then stripped Foster of his role as lead running back, instead utilizing him in a rotation.

As a result, Foster’s draft stock plummeted, and he went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.

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NFL Career

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While Foster may have held some negative feelings toward Fulmer, the Houston Texans were thrilled to scoop up the running back as an undrafted free agent.

Foster took over the starting job for the Texans in 2010 and absolutely crushed opposing defenses. His first start of the season came against the Indianapolis Colts, during which he rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns.

In Week 4 of that season, Foster set a Texans record with a 74-yard rushing touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. Foster finished the season leading the NFL with 1,616 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.

From 2010-2012, Foster was a force to be reckoned with in Houston’s backfield, rushing for over 4,200 yards and 41 touchdowns while making the Pro Bowl in each of those three seasons. He showcased his skills against teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, against whom he put up multi-touchdown games.

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Foster was also effective in the playoffs. In 2011, Foster rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a matchup against the Bengals in the AFC Wild Card round. Across his four postseason appearances, Foster rushed for 515 yards and five touchdowns.

Injuries slowed down Foster after the 2012 season, which is right after he signed a five-year, $43.5 million deal with the Texans.

While he made the Pro Bowl in 2014, he wasn’t the dominant RB that he was previously. His tenure with the Texans came to a close in 2015, and he joined the Miami Dolphins in 2016 for his last year in the NFL.

Arian Foster Now

While many former NFL players stick around the game in retirement, Foster opted to go an entirely different route. Fueled by his love of music, Foster decided to become a hip-hop artist and rapper.

Foster dropped his debut album, Flamingo & Koval, in 2018 under the rap name Bobby Feeno. Flamingo & Koval is a reference to the Las Vegas corner where rapper Tupac Shakur was murdered. Foster’s album was recorded by LeBron James’ record label, Uninterrupted.

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The album was received well and Foster signed a two-project deal with legendary New York rapper, Nas.

Foster is far from the only athlete to try his hand in rapping. NBA player Damian Lillard is an established hip hop artist, and Kansas City Chiefs RB Le’Veon Bell frequently promotes his own music. Even legends like Kobe Bryant and Shaq took a shot at rapping. 

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In addition to the success he’s had as a rapper, Foster has also picked up a few acting credits, having featured in the 2014 film Draft Day, and played a cameo role in Baywatch.

In 2017, Foster took to social media to discuss social justice issues within the United States, which received a lot of criticism on Twitter.

Foster has also started his own podcast, Now What? during which he invites guests to sit down and discuss various topics ranging from society and culture to sports and entertainment.

While Foster is no longer receiving the ball in the fourth quarter, he seems to be loving his current chapter of life, where he’s finding success an aspiring rapper.

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Karl Rasmussen is a sports writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon and is an avid fan of the Oregon Ducks, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Yankees and New York Jets.
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