Jim Houston
No. 82
Position:Defensive end,
Personal information
Born:(1937-11-03)November 3, 1937
Massillon, Ohio, U.S.
Died:September 11, 2018(2018-09-11) (aged 80)
Massillon, Ohio, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Massillon Washington
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
AFL Draft:1960 / Round: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:248
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

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

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 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 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, and helped the Browns win the 1964 NFL Championship.

Later life

Houston died on September 11, 2018, at his home in Sagamore Hills of complications of dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).[2][3] An autopsy conducted at Boston University found he had advanced (Stage 3) chronic traumatic encephalopathy.[4] He was one of at least 345 NFL players to be diagnosed after death with this disease, which is caused by repeated hits to the head.[5][6]


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),.[7] all within his home state.

Awards and honors


  1. ^ "Cleveland Browns 'Mr. Dependable,' Jim Houston, passes away".
  2. ^ "Former Browns Pro Bowl DE Jim Houston passes away".
  3. ^ "James Edward Houston Sr. Obituary (2018) the Plain Dealer".
  4. ^ "Former Buckeye Jim Houston, Browns' 'Mr. Dependable,' had CTE".
  5. ^ "The driving force behind Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)". Concussion Legacy Foundation. Retrieved July 2, 2023.
  6. ^ Ken Belson and Benjamin Mueller (June 20, 2023). "Collective Force of Head Hits, Not Just the Number of Them, Increases Odds of C.T.E. The largest study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy to date found that the cumulative force of head hits absorbed by players in their careers is the best predictor of future brain disease". The New York Times. Retrieved July 2, 2023.
  7. ^ Jim Houston has died - News 5 Cleveland.com (WEWS-TV)