File this one under “someone needs to check their sources”, or “someone has a bizarre sense of humor” (or possibly both).
Andre Johnson, one of the Houston Texans’ most consistently excellent performers, is, for some reason, listed on Wikipedia.org as a receiver for the New England Patriots, as of today.
For anyone that’s keeping up with the NFL offseason (and who isn’t??), it’s common knowledge that Andre is sitting out Texans voluntary OTAs as he ponders his future with the only team he’s ever played for since being drafted in 2003. According to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling, he has also not requested a trade, so by all accounts, it would appear that Johnson is sticking to his story of mulling over his next couple seasons.
But rumors were fun in high school, and they’re still fun now, and with Ryan Mallett trade talk constantly getting brought up, shot down, brought up, then shot down again (repeat ad nauseum), and hitting critical mass post-draft, it was only a matter of time before sports radio pundits started pondering the possibility of Andre Johnson with the Flying Elvis on his helmet.
Apparently, a Wikipedia contributor has decided to seize the bull by the horns and update Andre’s Wikipedia page for him.
This update, obviously, does not reflect Andre Johnson’s status on NFL.com, the Houston Texans’ player profile on the team’s official website, ESPN.com, or any other media outlet; as a matter in fact, it doesn’t cite anything at all.
It certainly stands to reason that just about any NFL team would be thrilled to have a bona fide No.1 wideout like Andre Johnson on their roster, but since a trade hasn’t been requested or proposed, this more than likely is an overzealous fan with too much time on their hands, or a practical joker (again, with too much time on their hands).
The moral of the story?
Always cite your sources, kids, and don’t use Wikipedia for your research papers.