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:November 3, 1937
Massillon, Ohio
Died:September 11, 2018 (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 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. 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 Honors


  1. ^ https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/cleveland-browns-mr-dependable-jim-houston-passes-away
  2. ^ https://247sports.com/nfl/cleveland-browns/Article/Browns-Jim-Houston-passes-away-121862084/
  3. ^ http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=james-edward-houston&pid=190221359&fhid=2379
  4. ^ Jim Houston has died - News 5 Cleveland.com (WEWS-TV)
1958 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1958 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Ten Conference teams for the 1958 Big Ten Conference football season.

1958 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1958 Big Ten Conference football season was the 63rd season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1958 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1958 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, under head coach Forest Evashevski, won the Big Ten football championship and was ranked No. 2 in the final AP and UPI polls, both taken before the bowl games. After defeating California, 38–12, in the 1959 Rose Bowl, the Hawkeyes were voted national champion by the Football Writers Association of America in its post-bowl ranking. Iowa quarterback Randy Duncan won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten's most valuable player, was a consensus first-team All-American, and finished second in the 1958 voting for the Heisman Trophy.

The 1958 Wisconsin Badgers football team, under head coach Milt Bruhn, finished in second place in the Big Ten with a 7–1–1 record, led the conference in scoring defense (8.6 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 7 in the final AP Poll. Wisconsin's sole loss was to Iowa. Dale Hackbart led the Badgers with 641 passing yards and 1,032 yards of total offense.

The 1958 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, compiled a 6–1–2 record and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP Poll. Fullback Bob White was a consensus first-team All-American and led the Big Ten with 859 rushing yards and 72 points scored. End Jim Houston and tackle Jim Marshall were also selected as first-team All-Americans by multiple selectors.

Other notable individual performances during the 1958 season include Michigan State end Sam Williams who was selected as a consensus first-team All-American and Illinois end Rich Kreitling who led the Big Ten with 688 receiving yards.

1959 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1959 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Ten Conference teams for the 1959 Big Ten Conference football season.

1959 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1959 Big Ten Conference football season was the 64th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1959 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1959 Wisconsin Badgers football team, under head coach Milt Bruhn, won the Big Ten championship, was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll, and lost to Washington in the 1960 Rose Bowl. Tackle Dan Lanphear was a consensus first-team All-American. Quarterback Dale Hackbart led the Big Ten with 1,121 yards of total offense.

1959 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 1959 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1959 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 3–5–1 record.

1965 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of National Football League (American football) players that were named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team in 1965. Players from the first and second teams are listed, with players from the first team in bold, where applicable.

1966 All-Pro Team

The Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI), Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and New York Daily News selected All-Pro players following the 1966 NFL season.

1969 NFL Championship Game

The 1969 NFL Championship Game was the 37th and final championship game prior to the AFL–NFL merger, played January 4, 1970, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb south of Minneapolis. The winner of the game earned a berth in Super Bowl IV in New Orleans against the champion of the American Football League.The Minnesota Vikings of the Western Conference hosted the Cleveland Browns of the Eastern Conference. It was the Vikings' first appearance in the title game, while the Browns were making their second straight appearance and fourth of the 1960s.

Minnesota had a regular season record of 12–2, including a 51–3 defeat of the Browns eight weeks earlier on November 9. The Vikings defeated the Los Angeles Rams 23–20 in the Western Conference championship a week earlier at Met Stadium. They were coached by Bud Grant and led on offense by quarterback Joe Kapp and wide receiver Gene Washington. The defense allowed only 133 points (9½ per game) during the regular season and their four defensive linemen were known as the "Purple People Eaters."

Cleveland was 10–3–1 during the regular season and had upset the Dallas Cowboys 38–14 at the Cotton Bowl for the Eastern Conference title. The Browns were coached by Blanton Collier; Bill Nelsen was the starting quarterback and Gary Collins and Paul Warfield were star wide receivers for the team.

Although not as severe as the "Ice Bowl" of 1967, the weather conditions were bitterly cold at 8 °F (−13 °C), with a sub-zero wind chill factor. Cleveland linebacker Jim Houston suffered frostbite during the game and was hospitalized.

Minnesota was favored by nine points to win the title game at home, and they won, 27–7.Of the four NFL teams that joined the league during the AFL era (1960s), Minnesota was the sole winner of a pre-merger NFL championship. The Dallas Cowboys entered the league in 1960 and lost two NFL title games to the Green Bay Packers, in 1966 and 1967. The expansion Atlanta Falcons (1966) and New Orleans Saints (1967) did not qualify for the postseason until 1978 and 1987, respectively.

The Vikings would go on to lose Super Bowl IV 23-7 to the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs. Starting with the 1970 season, the NFL champion was determined in the Super Bowl, beginning with Super Bowl V.

1969 NFL playoffs

The NFL playoffs following the 1969 NFL season determined the league's representative in Super Bowl IV.

This was the last NFL playoff tournament before the AFL–NFL merger and the last awarding of the Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy to the NFL champion, which was introduced in 1934.

Bill Jobko

William Kermit Jobko (October 7, 1935 – December 18, 2004) was a collegiate, and professional American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League. Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 7th round (80th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, he played nine seasons for the Rams (1958–1962), the Minnesota Vikings (1963–1965) and the Atlanta Falcons (1966). Jobko died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Dan James

Daniel Anthony James (born August 10, 1937 – July 4, 1987) was a professional American football offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1960 to 1966. He played college football at Ohio State University.

Dan attended Elder High School and the Center was drafted with the eight pick in the first round of the 1959 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.He eventually played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and retired in the late 1960s. He then returned home to Cincinnati with his wife and children.

Don Clark (Canadian football)

Don Clark (born December 27, 1936) is a former all-star running back in the Canadian Football League.

Clark played his college football with the powerhouse Ohio State Buckeyes. Playing from 1956 to 1958, he was integral part of their 1957 Rose Bowl victory and national championship. An All-American, he was drafted in the first round by the Chicago Bears, even though he was injured.

Canada was Clark's preferred destination, and he signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1959. After rushing for 343 yards, he couldn't agree on contract terms with Ottawa, and was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who promptly dealt him to the Montreal Alouettes.

Clark was part of dynamic backfield with the Larks, sharing the ball with CFL great George Dixon. He rushed for 902 yards in 1960 (Dixon had 976) and 1143 yards in 1961, when he selected as an Eastern All Star. Injuries took their toll during his last two years, as played only 12 games and rushed for 435 and 447 yards (while Dixon won the MVP award rushing for 1520 yards.) Clark retired in 1964, only 27 years old, due to knee, rib and kidney injuries.

Houston (surname)

Houston is a surname of Scottish origin. In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Houston family were born. Clan Houston comes from the medieval Scottish given name Hugh. Houston is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. In general, patronyms were derived from either the first name of the father of the bearer, or from the names of famous religious and secular figures. By and large, surnames descending from one's father's name were the most common. The surname also came from the place called Houston, Renfrewshire

in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. In Old English, the name Houston, meant the settlement belonging to Hugh.

Houston is the surname of:

Allan Houston (born 1971), former National Basketball Association player

Andrew Jackson Houston (1854–1941), American politician, son of Sam Houston

Angus Houston (born 1947), Australian retired air chief marshal, former commander of the Australian Defence Force

Bobby Houston (American football) (born 1967), retired National Football League player

Bobby Houston (footballer, born 1952), Scottish footballer

Bobby Houston (footballer, died 1915), Scottish footballer

Brian Houston (musician) (fl. 1994-present), Northern Irish musician

Brian Houston (pastor) (born 1954), Australian religious leader

Byron Houston (born 1969), former National Basketball Association player

Charles Hamilton Houston (1895-1950), American civil rights lawyer

Charles Snead Houston (1913–2009), American mountaineer, physician and scientist

Cherylee Houston (born 1975), British actress currently playing Izzy Armstrong In Corronation Street

Chris Houston (disambiguation)

Gilbert Cisco Houston (1918–1961), American folk singer and songwriter closely associated with Woody Guthrie

Cissy Houston (born 1933), American gospel singer, mother of singer Whitney Houston

David Houston (disambiguation)

Donald Houston (born 1923), Welsh actor

Doug Houston (born 1943), Scottish retired footballer

Drew Houston (born 1983), American internet entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Dropbox

Edwin J. Houston (1847–1914), American businessman, professor, consulting electrical engineer, inventor and author

Frank K. Houston (1881-1973), president and chairman of the Chemical Corn Exchange Bank in the 1940s.

George Houston (disambiguation)

Glyn Houston (born 1926), Welsh actor

Guy Houston (born 1960), American politician

Heather Houston, Canadian curler, 1989 world champion

Henry A. Houston (1847–1925), American teacher, businessman and politician

Henry H. Houston (1820–1895), American businessman and philanthropist

Jack Houston (1919-2008), Australian politician

James D. Houston, 1933-2009, American novelist

Jamie Houston (born 1982), English-born retired German rugby union international

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (born 1934), American writer, author of Farewell to Manzanar

Jean Houston (born 1937), American author of New Thought or New Age books

Jim Houston (born 1937), college football Hall-of-Fame and National Football League player

John Houston (disambiguation)

Justin Houston (born 1989), National Football League player

Kevin Houston (born c. 1964), American basketball player

Lamarr Houston (born 1987), National Football League player

Leroy Houston (born 1986), Australian rugby union player

Lin Houston (1921-1995), All-America Football Conference and National Football League player, brother of Jim Houston

Livingston W. Houston (1891-1977), eleventh president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Marguerite Houston (born 1981), Australian world champion rower

Marques Houston (born 1981), African-American R&B singer

Penelope Houston (born 1958), American singer-songwriter

Penelope Houston (film critic) (1927–2015), British film critic

Peter Houston (born 1958), Scottish football manager and former player

Phil Houston, New Zealand rugby league football referee

Renee Houston (1902–1980), Scottish comedy actress and revue artist

Rich Houston (1945–1982), American football player

Robert Houston (disambiguation)

Sam Houston (1793–1863), American statesman and namesake of the Texas city

Stephen D. Houston (born 1958), American anthropologist, archaeologist, epigrapher and Mayanist scholar

Stewart Houston (born 1949), Scottish football player and coach

Temple Lea Houston (1860-1905), American attorney and politician, son of Sam Houston

Thelma Houston (born 1946), American R&B and dance music singer

Tommy Houston (born 1945), American retired NASCAR Busch Series driver

Victor S. K. Houston (1876–1959), American politician

Victor Houston (athlete) (born 1974), Barbadian track and field athlete

Walter Scott Houston (1912-1993), popularizer of amateur astronomy

Wade Houston, American basketball coach, father Allan Houston

Whitney Houston (1963–2012), American R&B/pop singer

William Houston (disambiguation)

James Houston

James Houston or Jim Houston may refer to:

James Houston (judge) (1767-1818), Maryland federal judge

James Archibald Houston (1921-2005), Canadian author and artist

James D. Houston (1933-2009), American novelist

James M. Houston (1922-), Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Vancouver

James R. Houston, PhD, PE, Director Emeritus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center

Jim Houston (James Edward "Jim" Houston) (1937-), former American football linebacker

James Houston (rugby league) (1982-), Scottish rugby league player

Larry Benz

Larry Walker Benz (born January 28, 1941) is a former professional American football safety in the National Football League. He played three seasons for the Cleveland Browns.

Lin Houston

Lindell Lee Houston (January 11, 1921 – September 9, 1995) was an American football guard who played eight seasons in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and in the National Football League (NFL) with the Cleveland Browns. He was the older brother of Jim Houston.

Houston played with the Browns from their inception in 1946 through the 1953 season. Cleveland reached the league championship game in each of Houston eight seasons with the club, winning four times between 1946 and 1949 in the AAFC and once in the NFL in 1950. Houston played for coach Paul Brown during every phase of his football career: at Massillon (Ohio) High School, Ohio State and the Browns. He retired from football after the 1953 season and worked as an executive in the steel industry. He died in 1995.

List of Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl selections

This is a list of Cleveland Browns players who were elected to the Pro Bowl.

The year indicates when the game was played, not the season that it followed.

Ohio State Buckeyes football

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing Ohio State University in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio since 1922. The Buckeyes are recognized by the university and NCAA as having won eight national championships along with 39 conference championships (including 37 Big Ten titles), seven division championships, 10 undefeated seasons, and six perfect seasons (no losses or ties). As of 2017, the football program is valued at $1.5 billion, the highest valuation of any such program in the country.The first Ohio State game was a 20–14 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, on May 3, 1890. The team was a football independent from 1890 to 1901 before joining the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) as a charter member in 1902. The Buckeyes won two conference championships while members of the OAC and in 1912 became members of the Big Ten Conference.Ohio State won their first national championship in 1942 under head coach Paul Brown. Following World War II, Ohio State saw sparse success on the football field with three separate coaches and in 1951 hired Woody Hayes to coach the team. Under Hayes, Ohio State won over 200 games, 13 Big Ten championships and five national championships (1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, and 1970), and had four Rose Bowl wins in eight appearances. Following Hayes' dismissal in 1978, Earle Bruce and later John Cooper coached the team to a combined seven conference championships between them. Jim Tressel was hired as head coach in 2001 and led Ohio State to its seventh national championship in 2002. Under Tressel, Ohio State won seven Big Ten championships and appeared in eight Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games, winning five of them. In November 2011, Urban Meyer became head coach. Under Meyer, the team went 12–0 in his first season and set a school record with 24 consecutive victories, won three Big Ten championships (2014, 2017, and 2018), and won the first College Football Playoff National Championship in 2014.

The Fighting Ranger (1934 film)

The Fighting Ranger is a 1934 American Pre-Code Western film directed by George B. Seitz.

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