Chris Houston (American football)

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Chris Houston
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Houston during his tenure with the Lions in 2011.
No. --     Free agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-10-18) October 18, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Austin, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Austin (TX) Johnson
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Debuted in 2007 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Interception Return yards leader (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 376
Sacks 0.0
Forced Fumbles 4
Interceptions 13
Interception touchdowns 3
Passes defensed 80
Stats at

Christopher Don Houston[1] (born October 18, 1984) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arkansas. Houston has also played for the Detroit Lions.

Early years[edit]

Houston with the Arkansas Razorbacks

Houston attended Mendez Middle School and LBJ High School in Austin, Texas, where he played running back and cornerback. During his senior year he rushed for 426 yards and six touchdowns, before moving exclusively to cornerback. He was also a shooting guard on the school's basketball team.

College career[edit]

Houston during his tenure with the Falcons in 2009

Houston attended The University of Arkansas from 2003 to 2006. During his junior year in Fayetteville, he was a Pro Football Weekly All-American honorable mention and All-Southeastern Conference second team selection by the league's coaches and Associated Press. He finished his college career with 89 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and a touchdown for the Razorbacks.

After his junior year, Houston decided to forgo his senior season with the Hogs and enter the 2007 NFL Draft.[2]

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 185 lb 4.32 s 1.50 s 2.52 s 4.12 s 6.94 s 36 in 10 ft 2 in 27 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Houston was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. During his second season in 2008, against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had his first career interception and returned it for a touchdown. In three years with the Falcons he started 37 of 44 games, recording 166 tackles and three interceptions.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On March 8, 2010, Houston was traded to the Detroit Lions for a sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and a conditional seventh round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.[3]

On June 13, 2014, the Lions released him due to injury concerns.[4][5]


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