Justin Houston

Justin Houston

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Houston in 2011
No. 50Kansas City Chiefs
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-21) January 21, 1989
Place of birth: Statesboro, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: Statesboro (GA)
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2016
Total tackles: 281
Sacks: 60.0
Interceptions: 3
Forced fumbles: 9
Fumble recoveries: 4
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Justin Donovan Houston[1] (born January 21, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia, where he earned All-American honors, and was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

High school career

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. 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.[2]

College career

As a sophomore at the University of Georgia in 2009, Houston was a second team all-SEC selection after recording 7.5 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.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 270 lb 4.62 s 1.62 s 2.61 s 4.37 s 6.95 s 36.5 in 10 ft 5 in 30 reps
All values from NFL Combine

2011 season

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.[3] After his rookie 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.

2012 season

After the 2012 season, Houston was invited to his first Pro Bowl after Von Miller was reported injured.

2013 season

On May 30, 2013, Houston was named the 49th best player in the NFL according to NFL: The Top 100 Players of 2013, which is generated by the players.

2014 season

Houston led the NFL in sacks in 2014 with 22, nearly breaking Michael Strahan's single season record of 22.5. This included a four-sack, five-tackle performance with a forced fumble in the season finale.

2015 season

On March 3, 2015, the Chiefs placed a non-exclusive franchise tag, worth $13.195 million, on Houston, meaning that he can negotiate with other teams, but the Chiefs have the right to match any offer, or receive two first-round picks as compensation.[4]

On July 15, 2015, hours before the deadline for long-term deals on franchise players, the Chiefs signed Houston to a six-year contract worth $101 million. The deal includes $52.5 million in guarantees.[5] Justin Houston marked seven and a half sacks on the season, but the fact was overtaken as he needed a ACL surgery, which occurred in February. It was questionable whether he would play in 2016.[6]

2016 season

Justin Houston began the season on the physically unable to perform list. One month after the regular season started he was activated for a three week practice period. At the end of the period the Chiefs had to activate him or place him on injured reserve.[7] At the end of the period, the Chiefs chose to activate him. [8] The first game after he was activated to the active roster, the Chiefs placed him on their inactive list for the game.[9] Houston finally saw his first game action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, easing into things with just two tackles. He then turned in a dominant performance against the Denver Broncos in Week 12, getting his first start of the season, and finishing the game with 10 tackles and three sacks, one of which was a safety. [10]

NFL stats

2011 KC 16 56 46 10 5.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 12 0
2012 KC 16 66 53 13 10 1 1 4 1 32 32 32 0 6 3 5 0
2013 KC 11 44 40 4 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 7 0
2014 KC 16 68 59 9 22 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 14 0
2015 KC 11 30 25 5 7.5 1 0 0 2 16 8 17 1 6 3 9 0
Career[11] 70 264 223 41 56 8 4 0 3 48 16 32 1 25 21 47 0


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