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Chris Houston
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Houston during his tenure with the Lions in 2011.
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Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1984-10-18) October 18, 1984 (age 35)
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
Career history
* Atlanta Falcons ( 2007 2009)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* NFL Interception Return yards leader (2011)
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:376
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:80
Interceptions:13
Defensive touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Christopher Don Houston[1] (born October 18, 1984) is a former American football cornerback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arkansas, and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Houston was also a member of the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.

Early yearsEdit

File:Chris Houston Uark.jpg

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 careerEdit

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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 careerEdit

2007 NFL CombineEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
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 rep

Atlanta FalconsEdit

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 LionsEdit

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]

Carolina PanthersEdit

Houston signed with the Carolina Panthers on June 15, 2015.[6] He announced his retirement on August 4, 2015.[7]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2007 ATL 16 58 57 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
2008 ATL 16 61 52 9 0.0 0 1 0 2 10 5 10 1 16
2009 ATL 12 47 39 8 0.0 0 0 0 1 4 4 4 0 9
2010 DET 15 56 50 6 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 12
2011 DET 14 54 44 10 0.0 0 0 0 5 225 45 100 2 14
2012 DET 14 56 44 12 0.0 2 0 0 2 2 1 2 0 11
2013 DET 12 44 38 6 0.0 0 0 0 2 34 17 30 0 9
Career 99 376 324 52 0.0 4 1 0 13 275 21 100 3 80
[8]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

ReferencesEdit

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