James Houston came out of the dark to dominate for the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, and while the debut was impressive, perhaps the roots of it are even better.
Houston came off the Detroit practice team to make a big impact on the game, and afterwards wanted to share how blessed he felt to be able to start his NFL career in such a bright way.
The one person who gets love on Thanksgiving? Houston’s mother, who he said tried hard after the game when speaking to the media, including ESPN’s Eric Woodyard.
“I think I did that for her. It was always something I knew I could do. I did it at Jackson State. It’s football. I just knew I had to be prepared and I came out and did my thing,” Houston said with a smile after the game.
The rookie has bided his time on the practice squad to start the year but after the big day, keeping him away from the squad will be difficult now. That could only be the case more given his humble attitude.
Houston could be the next star for the Lions, and his debut was big news for the team. He could be another shining example of an elite, humble rookie class being groomed to step up for Detroit.
The two sacks were a fantastic debut for Houston, and considering their importance, he was Detroit’s MVP by afternoon. The rookie broke through late in the first half and collected his first career sack from Josh Allen. The play put Buffalo out of touchdown range and forced a field goal.
Later, Houston would rejoin Allen and save a third-quarter sack for the Lions defense when they needed it most.
It was a big day for Houston and a surprise for the Lions that was very welcome considering the team didn’t have a great season to rush the passer to that point. Maybe with big efforts like this one on the field he can change that.
The outburst that day was big for the Lions, but so was Houston. His performance on the field made history for the team and no rookie has made a debut quite like him.
With the two sacks, Houston is the only Detroit player to produce a pair of sacks in his debut game for the team. Lions PR noted the fantastic performance during the game.
“The only player in Lions history to produce a multi-sack game in his first NFL career game: LB James Houston,” according to the site tweeted.
Considering the elite rookie players that have rolled through Detroit, the fact that Houston was able to make those plays is fantastic to note indeed. The only thing that could be better than the sacks is Houston’s humble attitude. No doubt his mother was impressed by the effort.