Jim Houston

Jim Houston
Date of birth (1937-11-03) November 3, 1937
Place of birth Massillon, Ohio
Career information
Position(s) Defensive end, Linebacker
College Ohio State
NFL draft 1960 / Round: 1 / Pick 8
Career history
As player
1960–1972 Cleveland Browns
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970
Career stats

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.

College career

Houston played for the Ohio State Buckeyes as an end. He was a three-year starter under head coach Woody Hayes and twice the team MVP. He was elected the team captain as a senior.

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.

Houston was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1979, and was named to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team as a defensive end in 2000.

Year Receptions Yards TD Minutes per Game
1957 4 126 1 42
1958 4 127 2 56
1959 11 214 4 56
Total 19 467 7 51.3

Pro career

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.


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