‘I’m A Little Cheap’: Why Houston Texan Rookie Jalen Peter Lives At Home With His Parents – Houston Texans Blog

HOUSTON – It was evening time when the Houston Texans picked the second round Galen Peter He was in his childhood bedroom, studying cinema.

Galen’s mother, Devita, was sitting on a black sofa in the living room explaining why her multi-million dollar son decided to live with his parents after he enlisted in April.

The dramatic story revolves around Galen who asks DeVita to search the Internet on his behalf, because he is unaware of home ownership. When she was about to reveal the prices she had discovered, Galen’s father, Rick, bowed and interrupted Devita merrily.

“It goes in circles,” Rick said while DeVita laughed. “Yeah man! Stop chasing. Galen is cheap! He’s not flirty. He wants to look pretty, don’t get me wrong, but Galen didn’t get off the plane without a mink coat.”

Devita and Rick immediately burst out laughing.

Pitres lives in Stafford, Texas, about 20 minutes from NRG Stadium, where the Texas team plays. It’s the same house that Galen and his brother, Jerick, have been growing up in since 2000.

So even after the 23-year-old signed a four-year, $8.9 million deal, with a signing bonus of $3.6 million, Galen knew he was “staying in the crib.”

The prices that DeVita discovered for the type of home Galen was interested in were around $10,000 per month, which made it financially beneficial to stay with his parents.

He was like, ‘Oh no, I don’t give them that kind of money,’ said Devita.

Soon, Galen entered the family room after he finished studying and confirmed the rumors.

“Yes, that’s very accurate,” Galen said with a smile. “I’ll spend my money. But for the most part, I try to be a little responsible. So yeah, I’d say a little cheap. My parents always told me their doors were always open and to take my time before choosing somewhere.”

Galen does not plan to move until he finds a home that makes financial sense. But in the meantime he enjoys being able to spend time with his parents in the living room, where they used to watch retro movies like “Bad Boys” or their favorite sitcom, “Martin”.

That living room is where Galen, Rick and Jerik, who is 15 months older than Galen, watch sports together. Galen wasn’t a huge fan of any team growing up, but he developed favorites like the late Kobe Bryant and Reggie Bush, who caught his eye when Bush won the Heisman Award at USC. Bosch is also the reason Galen wears the number 5.

But even though they lived in Houston, the family wasn’t pissed off when Texas passed Bush for picking defensive end Mario Williams #1 overall during the 2006 Draft. Rick was a New Orleans Saints fan at the time, so it was a lucrative position Mutually when Saints took the bush with pick number 2.

But Galen still developed his love for a particular player from his hometown team. When Galen was running backwards in his younger days, he modeled his game on Bush and Ariane Foster.

But Galen has been candid about his back-running skills.

Galen said of the Texas lead runner: “At one point my favorite player was Arian Foster. But to be honest, I wasn’t very good at running backwards. Like, I was good, but it wouldn’t go very far. I probably wouldn’t be able to be a player. In the NFL. Not a chance.”

Instead, Galen worked his way into a safe position initially with the Texans, and the 2021 Senior Defensive Player of the Year at Baylor finished with 15 tackles during his first two games against the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

But it’s not every day that you hear about an NFL player living in his childhood home. And although renovations have been made over the years, the look around the house and how his parents treat Galen are the same.

There is no curfew on Galen, and he admitted that there is “not even a reason I’m usually home, and I sleep really early”.

The room where Galen sleeps is now a little cramped with his Baylor soccer equipment, but not much has changed for him.

The layout of the room remains the same, and when he goes about his morning routine, it is very similar to when he attended Stafford High School.

He gets up at 5 a.m. to train, gets dressed and hops on the highway for 20 minutes to the facility in the same Dodge Challenger he received from his parents in his sophomore year.

However, due to the early morning, Galen rarely sees his parents before he makes this trip, as things remain the same for them too. DeVita has been a bank teller for 21 years, and Rick worked at UPS as a truck driver for 28 years.

When Galen gets home from training around 6 p.m., he usually only sees his mother, who comes home around the same time. They will talk because he will listen to his mother talking about work and make fun of her for her complaints.

But two basic pillars of childhood have changed.

First, they rarely talk about football.

“We don’t like to stress it out,” Rick said. “The NFL is too much.”

The lack of discussions about football at home helps Galen deal with the daily struggles of the NFL.

“It calms me down a lot,” Galen said. “I just come home and relax like it’s high school, there’s no pressure. There aren’t a lot of questions about the football stuff.

“[It] It reminds you of the mini league when you were at school ball, or you were playing in high school or middle school, it just feels like very old school. It makes you feel like a real kid again, which is really fun.”

The other change revolves around the food.

They still eat dinner together, but Galen eats what he brings home from the facility. As much as he loves his mother’s cooking, and especially his favorite oxtail dish, he knows he has to eat like a professional athlete.

“Mom and Dad are great cooks,” said Galen, “and they’d throw up if we asked.” But I tried to get rid of this burden from them. I’m also trying to be a little healthier.”

Galen’s diet does not consist of junk food, cleaner protein types such as fish, chicken and more green vegetables and fruits.

Rick usually gets home around the time Galen’s bedtime (9pm), but sometimes the family just sits in the living room and talks about life and remembers.

And when it comes to memories, it’s impossible for Galen not to rekindle nostalgic thoughts whenever he comes home from practice. When he enters the house from the garage, memories of sports figuratively collide with him.

There are many awards from the days of Jalen and Jerick the Younger.

There are also photos on the shelf from when Rick coached his sons basketball team at AAU, called “In Ya Face,” in the sixth and seventh grades.

Two large banners hang from the garage ceiling: one for Galen and one for Jerich in high school soccer jerseys from 2016 when they both starred at Stafford.

Although Galen’s parents make jokes about his perceived license, they don’t allow Galen to pay rent or any other bills.

“I relaxed all of that,” Rick said. “All I asked my children was one thing: Do your part and we will do ours.”

Galen’s living with his parents is more than frugal; It’s about a family bond that brings him peace from the daily grind of the NFL.

But maybe Galen and his mother will start searching the web again for his first home, perhaps later this year.