Justin Houston

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Justin Houston
Justin Houston (cropped).jpg
Houston in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 50     Kansas City Chiefs
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-21) January 21, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Statesboro, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) Weight: 258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: Statesboro (GA)
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
Debuted in 2011 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2012, 2013)
  • First-team All-American (2010)
  • First-team All-SEC (2010)
  • 2X AFC Defensive Player of the Week (2013)
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Month (September, 2013)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 166
Quarterback sacks 26.5
Interceptions 1
Forced fumbles 3
Stats at NFL.com

Justin Donovan Houston[1] (born January 21, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia and earned All-American honors.

High school career[edit]

Houston attended Class AAAA Statesboro High School in Statesboro, Georgia, where he was a two-time All-Region selection and All-State honorable mention. He also played in three State Championships in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Statesboro won the State Championship in 2005 defeating Northside High School. He was teammates with fellow Georgia recruit DeAngelo Tyson. Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Houston was listed as the No. 11 weakside defensive end in the class of 2007.[2]

College career[edit]

As a sophomore at the University of Georgia in 2009, Houston was a second team all-SEC selection after recording seven sacks. As a Junior, Houston recorded 10 sacks, leading all linebackers in the SEC, and only second to Auburn's Nick Fairley who had 11.5 sacks as part of the defensive line, and was a first team all SEC selection and an All-American.

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 270 lb 4.62 s 1.62 s 2.61 s 4.37 s 6.95 s 36.5 in 10 ft 5 in 30 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Houston was drafted 70th overall, in the third round, by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft. Houston was originally projected to be a late first round pick, but it was reported that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine in February, which dropped him to the third round.[3] After the season, Houston had 5.5 sacks and 49 tackles. His impressive play would lead him to win the Chiefs Mack Lee Hill Award. In week 6 of the 2012 NFL season, Houston had his first interception in his career.

After the 2012 season, Houston was invited to his first Pro Bowl after Von Miller was reported injured. On May 30, 2013, Houston was named the 49th best player in the NFL according to NFL: The Top 100 Players of 2013, which is generated by the players.

Year Team Games
Played
Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles
Solo Ast Total No. Int-yds PBU Rec-yds FF
2011 KC 16 46 10 56 5.5 0-0 9 0-0 0
2012 KC 16 53 13 66 10 1-32 5 1-0 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ "Weakside defensive ends 2007". Rivals.com. January 25, 2007. 
  3. ^ Emerson, Seth (April 29, 2011). "Georgia's Houston Taken by Chiefs". McClatchy Newspapers. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 

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