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The 2002 NFL expansion draft is the most recent National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Houston Texans, selected its first players. On October 6, 1999, in Atlanta, Georgia, NFL owners had unanimously voted to award the 32nd NFL franchise and Super Bowl XXXVIII to the city of Houston, Texas. In order for the Texans to become competitive with existing teams, the league awarded them the first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft and gave them the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on February 18, 2002. In this draft, held months before the regular draft, the existing franchises listed players from which the Texans could select to switch to the new team. Teams placed many quality players on the list who had large contracts, as the Texans were required to assume the contracts of those players if selected. The Texans drafted a total of 19 players. (Full list...)

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Alva Belmont

Alva Belmont (January 17, 1853 – January 26, 1933) was a prominent multi-millionaire American socialite and a major figure in the women's suffrage movement in the United States. She was noted for her energy, intelligence, strong opinions, and willingness to challenge convention. In 1909, she founded the Political Equality League to get votes for suffrage-supporting New York state politicians, wrote articles for newspapers, and joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). In 1916, she was one of the founders of the National Woman's Party and organized the first picketing ever to take place before the White House in January 1917; she was elected president of the organization and held the office until her death.

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