Jim Houston

James Edward Houston (November 3, 1937 – September 11, 2018) was an American football linebacker who played 13 seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.[1]

Jim Houston
Born:(1937-11-03)November 3, 1937
Massillon, Ohio
Died:September 11, 2018(2018-09-11) (aged 80)
Massillon, Ohio
Career information
Position(s)Defensive end, Linebacker
CollegeOhio State
High schoolMassillon Washington
(Massillon, Ohio)
AFL draft1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: First Selections
Drafted byBuffalo Bills
NFL draft1960 / Round: 1 / Pick 8
Career history
As player
1960–1972Cleveland Browns
  • National Championship (1957 - Coaches)
  • NFL Championship (1964)
  • 4x Pro Bowl selection (1964, 1965, 1969, 1970)

College careerEdit

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 helped the Buckeyes win a National Championship in 1957 (as recognized by the Coaches poll), and 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

Professional careerEdit

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, and helped the Browns win the 1964 NFL Championship. He died on September 11, 2018 at his home in Massillon of complications of dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).[2][3]


Houston was one of the few players to achieve the "triple crown" of football - winning a State Championship in high school (Massillon), a National Championship in college (Ohio State), and an NFL Championship in the professional ranks (Cleveland Browns),.[4] all within his home state.

Awards and HonorsEdit