Houston in the 2011 NFL season.
|No. 50 Kansas City Chiefs|
|Date of birth:January 21, 1989|
|Place of birth: Chico, California|
|High School: Statesboro (GA)|
|Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||Weight: 258 lb (117 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70|
|Debuted in 2011 for the Kansas City Chiefs|
|* Kansas City Chiefs ( 2011–present)|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Pro Bowl (2012)|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012|
Justin Houston (born January 21, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Georgia, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft.
High school careerEdit
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 (Warner Robins, Georgia). 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.
As a sophomore at the University of Georgia in 2009, Houston was a second team all-SEC selection 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.
Kansas City ChiefsEdit
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. 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.
- ↑ "Weakside defensive ends 2007". Rivals.com. January 25, 2007. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-1489.
- ↑ Emerson, Seth (April 29, 2011). "Georgia's Houston Taken by Chiefs". McClatchy Newspapers. http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/29/2193442/georgias-houston-taken-by-chiefs.html. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
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