Remember when John McClain lost a bet on the Texans and ate a newspaper?

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John McClain proved he was a man of his word on May 9, 2014, when he ate the front page of the Houston Chronicle’s sports section.

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John McClain, who is retiring this week, is beloved by his readers and colleagues, and here’s a reason: he’s a man of his word.

After promising to eat the sports section of the Houston Chronicle If the Texans picked Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick in 2014, McClain stuck to his vow and sat down to a meal of “newspaper strips.”

“I was reminded that I said months ago that I would eat the front of Chron’s sports page if the Texans didn’t take QB in the first round,” McClain tweeted on May 8, 2014. “I guess I will.”

The moment was documented on video as McClain sat down to dinner at the stadium formerly known as Reliant.

“Have you heard of chicken strips? Well, I’m going to eat Chronicle strips,” he says in the video. He then added, “I feel like I’m on a cooking channel. Chronic? It’s delicious.”

After promising to eat the sports section of the Houston Chronicle if the Texans used their 2014 No. 1 pick on Jadeveon Clowney, John McClain kept his word and sat down to a meal of “newspaper strips.” Video: Brett Coomer

Despite what seemed like a small worry of getting sick or dying from eating the newspaper, McClain continued to cover the Texans for eight more years before retiring from the Chronicle. Its last day is today, March 31, 2022.

Read his farewell column here.

John McClain proved he was a man of his word on May 9, 2014, when he ate the front page of the Houston Chronicle's sports section.

John McClain proved he was a man of his word on May 9, 2014, when he ate the front page of the Houston Chronicle’s sports section.

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