Dec 2, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) celebrates a tackle against the Carolina Panthers in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 27-21. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Player Profile: Justin Houston

With the preseason currently underway for the Kansas City Chiefs, KC Kingdom thought it would be fun to provide player profiles until the regular seasons kicks off. Today’s featured player is outside linebacker Justin Houston.

How did Justin Houston become a Kansas City Chief?

Justin Houston attended the University of Georgia and his junior year he was the second in SEC in sacks (trailing Nick Fairley, who in all due respect was a pretty damn good linebacker during his days at Auburn). Houston was a top linebacker prospect in 2011 and was projected to go in the first round, but there were reports that he had previously tested positive for marijuana.

These reports caused Houston to fall significantly in the draft. The Kansas City Chiefs scooped him up with the 70th overall pick in the third round and never looked back.

Houston is easily one of the best players for the Chiefs and is only at the peak of his career.

2013 stats

Houston was on pace to have his best season ever until an elbow injury sidelined him for the last five games of the season. The defense didn’t play nearly as well without Houston on the field with them and it showed immensely.

In 11 regular season starts, Houston recorded 40 tackles, 11 sacks, defended five passes, and recovered three fumbles (forcing one). He and fellow linebacker Tamba Hali were dominating in the sack department so it was a shame that Houston had to miss the last few games of the season.

Overall

As I mentioned earlier, Houston is one of the best players for the Chiefs and one of the best linebackers in the league. The Chiefs organization needs to get him signed to an extended deal because Houston is a fan favorite and an amazingly talented linebacker.

The rest of the league respects him too, as Houston has been voted to two Pro Bowls and this past year was named to the NFL Top 100 Players. Houston was ranked 57th on the countdown.

So yeah. Justin Houston is pretty good and we’d like to keep him in Kansas City please. Kthx.

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