ATHENS -- The Kansas City Chiefs have become the Georgia of the Midwest.
Five former Bulldogs are on Kansas City’s roster, including quarterback Aaron Murray, linebacker Ramik Wilson, defensive back Sanders Commings and receiver Chris Conley. The Chiefs’ most important player, however, is also a Bulldog in outside linebacker Justin Houston. Houston recently signed the richest contract for a linebacker in league history, which was worth a total of $101 million.
“We're one of the top teams in America as far as having guys in the league overall,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. "But Justin is a guy that I'm so very proud of. I remember meeting him in high school and just seeing this kid with these long arms and big hands and big feet and kind of not having grown into his frame yet a little bit and watched him grow as a player and as a person throughout the time he was at Georgia.”
The Chiefs drafted Houston in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft, with the Statesboro native becoming one of the top outside linebackers in the NFL. In 2014, Houston finished with a league-leading 22 sacks and has totaled 48 ½ in his four-year career.
“Now to see him doing what he's doing in the league and being rewarded for the good things that he's done on the field and off as well, it's just a tremendous thing for him and for Georgia as well,” Richt said.