Former Ohio State Two-Time All-American Jim Houston Dies at 80 Years Old

By Kevin Harrish on September 14, 2018 at 12:57 pm
Jim Houston

Cleveland Browns

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Ohio State lost a legend today as two-time All-American Jim Houston has died at the age of 80 earlier this week, the Cleveland Browns announced.

Houston was a three-year starter as an end at Ohio State under Woody Hayes from 1957 to 1959, winning a national title his debut season. He contributed on both sides of the ball all three years, and though primarily a blocker on offense, was the team's leading receiver in 1959.

In both the 1958 and 1959 seasons, Houston was named an All-American as well as the team's MVP, and in 2006, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was also named to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team as a defensive end in 2000.

Following his career at Ohio State, Houston went on to have a lengthy professional career with the Cleveland Browns. He began his career as a defensive end under Paul Brown, but switched to linebacker under Blanton Collier, where he became a four-time Pro Bowl nominee. Houston was with the Browns when they won the 1964 NFL Championship.

Houston is an Ohio football legend, winning a championship for an Ohio team at every level. He won a high school state championship with Massillon Washington, a college football national championship at Ohio State, and a pro football championship with the Cleveland Browns.

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