DeAndre Hopkins becomes owner of the Houston women’s soccer team

DeAndre Hopkins left the Houston Texans in 2019 to become the Arizona Cardinal, but now owns a women’s soccer team where he spent his first seven NFL seasons.

The star announced on social media on Tuesday that he was part of a four-person ownership group that bought Houston’s franchise from the Women’s National Football Conference.

The acquisition came after the WNFC suspended the Houston Heat, according to the league’s website.

Hopkins posted a photo of the ownership group including himself, former WNFC players Kyhle Jamerson, Teryni Dash and his sister Kesha Smith on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Smith is a former WNFC standout receiver.

“Grateful to own and be part of WNFC football, a new team is coming to Houston,” Hopkins said on Instagram.

The WNFC is a full-contact amateur league in 17 US markets, including the Phoenix Prowlers. The league’s season runs in the spring from early April until its IX Cup championship (it’s called “IX” to honor the Title IX law for women’s sports) in late June.

The new name of the Houston team has not yet been revealed. This will be the second Texas State team besides the defending 2022 champion Texas Elite Spartans.

“It’s such a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to join the WNFC and give a fresh start to women’s soccer in Houston,” the owner group said.

“We are excited for what the future holds for this new team. With collective efforts, we truly have the vision, drive, drive and desire to build an incredible franchise and a new home for great athletes in WNFC! There’s no time like the present!”

The league was founded in 2018 and played its inaugural season the following year, except for 2020 where the league did not play due to COVID-19.

Teams can join the league for free, and they are invited based on market, team, player, and property quality.

“This is an unprecedented time for women and girls in sport, and it’s a monumental moment for the advancement of women’s football,” said WNFC CEO Odessa Jenkins.

“This ownership group signals so much for the WNFC. I’m proud to see a group of black entrepreneurs/leaders get the chance to make their mark in such an important sports market. Houston, TX is a hub for teams professional sports, and I’m honored that the group is committed to delivering another powerful WNFC franchise.The future for women and girls in sports in Houston just got brighter.

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