In 1937 Lindell "Lin" Houston moved from Wolf's Lake, Illinois, to Massillon. The Massillon coach looked at the sturdy legs, muscular arms and broad shoulders and a few months later, Houston was in a football uniform. Thus began a football association between Coach Paul Brown and Lin Houston that would last through 1953. As a member of the famed Massillon Tigers, Lin was selected All-Ohio. He followed Brown to Ohio State, helping the Buckeyes compile a 6-1-1 record in 1951 to win the Big 10 championship and nation championship with a 9-1 record in 1942. That latter year, Lin was voted All-American honors as an offensive guard. Houston joined up with Brown as one of the original members of the Cleveland Browns in 1946. All eight seasons that Houston played with the Browns, Cleveland captured championships of some sort. The Browns were All-American Football Conference titlists from 1946-49 and then promptly captured the National Football League championship in Cleveland's first season (1950). Eastern Conference championships followed in 1951, '52, and '53 before the former Silver Lake resident hung up his cleats for all time.