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New Texans general manager Nick Caserio is ‘forever grateful’ to the Patriots

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The Houston Texans officially announced hiring Nick Caserio as their new general manager on Thursday. While the 45-year-old did not speak to the press just yet — a media conference call is scheduled to take place on Friday — his new club did release a statement on behalf of him in which he thanked not just the Texans for the opportunity but also the New England Patriots for their time together:

On behalf of my wife Kathleen and our entire family, I’m very humbled and honored by this opportunity to be the general manager of the Houston Texans. We would like to thank Janice, Cal and Hannah McNair for their belief in us that we can build something special that embraces the accomplishments of the past and accepts the challenges in front of us in our desire to be best.

This moment would not be possible without the support and guidance of those that have invested in me personally and professionally. We are forever grateful to the Kraft Family, Bill Belichick as well as the entire New England Patriots organization that has blessed our family in ways we can never repay. Our goal now is to serve the Texans organization and the Houston community by putting together a team that we all can be proud of on and off the field.

Caserio first arrived in New England back in 2001 and through the years worked his way up the organizational ladder before taking over as director of player personnel in 2008. Being one of the architects of three Super Bowl-winning teams, Caserio served as Bill Belichick’s right-hand man ever since and wore multiple hats within the team.

After two decades and six total championships, however, he has decided to leave the Patriots and take over one of the highest-paying general manager positions in the NFL.