Cedric Houston
No. 34     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-06-28) June 28, 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 182
Debuted in 2005 for the New York Jets
Last played in 2006 for the New York Jets
Career history
* New York Jets ( 2005 2006)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2006
Rushing yards     194
Rushing average     3.5
Rushing TDs     7
Receptions     15
Receiving yards     109
Receiving TDs     0
Stats at NFL.com

Cedric Leonard Houston (born June 28, 1982) is a former American football running back of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Houston played basketball, baseball and track & field while at Clarendon High School in Clarendon, Arkansas. He played in the first ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl on December 30, 2000. He holds the Arkansas Activities Association record for career touchdowns with 97 from 1998-2000 at Clarendon High.

College career[edit | edit source]

Houston was a three-year starter at the University of Tennessee. He and Gerald Riggs, Jr. became the first players in Volunteers history to both amass 1,000 yards in the same season.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

New York Jets[edit | edit source]

The New York Jets selected Houston using their sixth round pick in the draft.[1] Houston struggled in training camp as a thyroid condition, discovered at the NFL Combine, caused frequent fatigue issues. He was given medication to treat the condition.[1] Heading into the season, Houston served as backup to Curtis Martin and Derrick Blaylock however, Blaylock suffered a broken right foot in October 2005 thus elevating Houston to second on the depth chart.[1] Martin suffered a knee injury that he played through for 10 weeks before Houston replaced him as the starter on December 11.[2]

Houston was involved in a car crash in April 2006 sustaining non-life threatening injuries. He was later released from the hospital.[3]

A day before the start of training camp, on July 26, 2007, Houston left the Jets for what was cited as personal reasons.[4] It was later revealed Houston had decided to quit professional football to return to Tennessee to earn his degree. Houston remained on the Jets' reserve list the entire season and was eventually released on March 11, 2008.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Crouse, Karen (October 15, 2005). "Jets Turn to a Rookie to Back Up Martin". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/61vB9k7hR. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  2. "Depleted Jets rise up, drop Raiders deeper in hole". CBS Sports. December 11, 2005. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/61vBlNZqR. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  3. "Houston injured, later released from hospital". ESPN. April 23, 2006. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/61vEAVgxf. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  4. "Houston leaves for personal reasons". Go Vols Xtra. July 26, 2007. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/61vE1lUXG. Retrieved September 23, 2011.

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