Texans veteran punter Shane Lechler is at the end of one of his best seasons. Lechler doesn't intend for this to be the end of his career. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection said Friday he intends to return for a 19th NFL season. "Is this my last year? No, it's not," Lechler said at his locker. "I have too much I think to offer to the game and I hit the ball good consistently this year. I went into the year with a good plan and, for the most part, it worked out. .. "I think the way this year we were hit so hard with injuries, there's no way I would walk away with the talent in this room. I'm very excited about next year and I'm looking forward to it. This is now what we expected next year, but the future is bright." Lechler is averaging 48.9 yards per punt with a 41.5 net average. He's downed 30 inside the 20-yard line. How has he had so much longevity? "Just being competitive," Lechler said. "I've talked to people who have done it for a long time. It might not be in the football arena, but I've talked to [Rpger] Clemens and those guys. You just have to go into it with the same mindset as when you were a first-year player: go out and prove that you belong on the football team, don't take it for granted and don't think the game owes you anything." An East Barnard native and former Texas A&M standout, Lechler is still chasing an elusive Super Bowl victory.