Denver Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen will go to work on Sunday with one goal in mind, beat his former team, the Houston Texans.
"It's crazy because those guys are your friends," Dreessen said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "You don't want them to feel crummy on Monday morning if they were to lose. They wouldn't want me to feel crummy, but that's the business.
"I used to be a member of that team six months ago. So it's hard to kind of get past that, but at the same time I've got a job to do."
Dreessen cares a great deal about a lot of the people in the Texans organization, but when the ball goes up none of those feelings will matter.
"I've got to not think about it honestly," Dreessen said.
Which is easier said than done.
"I do think about those guys a lot," he said. "I miss them a lot. I talk to a lot of them still.
"Honestly, Sunday they are just going to be a jersey number and that's the way it's got to be. We can talk in the offseason. We can talk after the game. I've got a job to do."
Dreessen was drafted by the N.Y. Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft and released the following season.
He signed with the Texans in 2007, but was released in September and re-signed two weeks later.
Dreessen made a home for himself in Houston by working his way into becoming an important part of the Texans offense and special teams.
He caught 110 passes in five years for 1364 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Dreessen will never forget his time with the Texans.
"It meant the world to me," Dreessen said. "It still does. I think about it all the time. My wife and I talk about it all of the time. Just how truly good (Texans owner) Mr. McNair and Coach Kubiak and (general manager) Rick Smith, everybody for that matter, was to us.
"My time in Houston, I love it."
Dreessen will always remember the pain he felt when he realized he would be leaving the Texans to sign a free agent contract with the Broncos.
"It was really hard," Dreessen said. "We just didn't handle it very good because....the free agency process, I was just so nieve to how it was going to go and how I was going to feel.
"Just the reality of 'hey the Texans are actually thinking about letting me go and I'm actually thinking about going somewhere else.' It was just really tough. I didn't handle it well at all.
"Just know that Houston meant the world to me. I still think very, very highly of everybody that's down there. I'll never ever be able to say a bad thing about that place. After I left the Jets, I hope they never win a damn game, but the Texans I hope they win all the time except for when they play the team I'm on."