Background and college
Born June 28, 1982in Clarendon, Arkansas, Houston played basketball, baseball and track & field while at Clarendon High School. He played in the first ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl on December 30th, 2000. He holds the Arkansas Activities Association record for career touchdowns with 97 from 1998-2000 at Clarendon High. Houston was a three-year starter at the University of Tennessee. He and Gerald Riggs, Jr. became the first players in Volunteers history to both amass 1,000 yards in the same season.
As a Jet
Houston was a sixth round pick (182nd overall) for the Jets in the 2005 NFL Draft. After Curtis Martin went down with an injury in the 2nd half of the 2005 NFL season, Houston became the starter. In 2006, Houston only played in eight games.
On July 26, 2007, one day before the start of training camp, Houston left the Jets for personal reasons. A day later it was revealed that Houston was quitting football.
After the NFL
Houston returned to the University of Tennessee as a student to finish his degree. He was diagnosed with hyper-thyroidism causing fatigue issues which eventually led to his retirement from the game.