After an outstanding career at Massillon High School, he became a two-time All-American at Ohio State in 1958 and '59. The No. 1 Cleveland Brown's draft choice of the 1960, he stepped right in as Cleveland's regular defensive left end. Houston was known as "Mr. Dependable" during his 12-year pro career. Switching to linebacker in 1963, he was defensive captain his last five years with the Browns. He was the Browns Player of the Year in 1969 and was named to the Pro-Bowl four times.