|Date of birth||November 3, 1937|
|Place of birth||Massillon, Ohio|
|Position(s)||Defensive end, Linebacker|
|AFL draft||1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: First Selections|
|Drafted by||Buffalo Bills|
|NFL draft||1960 / Round: 1 / Pick 8|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Pro Bowls||1964, 1965, 1969, 1970|
James Edward "Jim" Houston (born November 3, 1937) is a former American football linebacker who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Houston contributed on both offense and defense. Although known primarily for his excellent blocking and tackling, he was also the leading receiver on the 1959 team, including a 100-yard game that year against Michigan State. He was an All-America selection in 1958 and 1959.
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Houston was chosen in the first round of both the AFL draft by the Buffalo Bills and the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. Like his older brother Lin Houston, Jim chose the Browns. He originally played as a defensive end under head coach Paul Brown, but later moved to linebacker under Blanton Collier. At linebacker he became a four-time Pro Bowl selection. In the 1969 NFL Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings, Jim went to tackle Viking quarterback Joe Kapp low and Kapp tried to hurdle him. Kapp's knee hit Jim in the side of the head, knocking him out and breaking his jaw.