September 14, 2013 11:12 AM

Justin Houston’s rise built on less talk and more work

Justin Houston absorbed every bit of advice he could from fellow pass-rusher Tamba Hali and coaches when he joined the Chiefs, then proved himself worthy of every-down play late in his rookie year and now, in his third season, carries a reputation as one of the league’s best linebackers. In that way, Houston’s rise is a lot like him as a man: understated, violent on the field, unassuming off of it, and built primarily on hard work.

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