UGA’s Justin Houston: ‘I’m feeling the pain of regret’

The Kansas City Chiefs believe they got first-round talent in Georgia's Justin Houston, who they slected with the 70th pick. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

The Kansas City Chiefs believe they got first-round talent in Georgia's Justin Houston, who they slected with the 70th pick. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

I still haven’t talked to Justin Houston and maybe I won’t. But he has addressed his sharp fall in the NFL draft and answered questions for reporters out in Kansas City.

Houston, a 6-3, 260-pound outside linebacker from Statesboro, entered the draft after his junior season at Georgia. Once projected as a late first- or early second-round selection, Houston slipped to the third round where the Chiefs took him with the sixth pick, or 70th overall.

“There are two types of pain I feel like you live with – pain with discipline and pain with regret, and right now I’m feeling the pain of regret with the decision, but I have to put it in the past, I need to move forward,” Houston told reporters. “I was very up-front with teams about the mistake that I made. I just want to put that behind me, perform, and learn from that mistake.”

If you’d like to hear more from Houston, follow THIS LINK to a long Q&A at KCChiefs.com.

67 comments Add your comment

Greg

April 30th, 2011
5:29 pm

What was the regret about? Leaving school early or taking plays off?

Greg

April 30th, 2011
5:31 pm

Nevermind.. drug test totally slipped my mind

icedawg

April 30th, 2011
5:35 pm

Bad habits don’t go away that easily. Unless there is radical repentance this story will be repeated again, sadly.

Techster

April 30th, 2011
5:36 pm

None of our guys had this problem. They were all taken right where they were supposed to…

Extrapoint

April 30th, 2011
5:43 pm

Enter your comments here

teewest

April 30th, 2011
5:46 pm

Great Player for the dawgs and has learned a hard lesson. I tell you what, Chipster nothing teaches any of us better lesson than the loss of money. What this does for me Chipster is makes me appreciate the players whose leadership match their talent. Aaron Murray, Orson Charles and Jarvis Jones!!! Guys who see the big stage and jump right up on it. As a result they will make millions and cement themselves as Damn Good Dawgs who returned this program to the elite!!!

teewest

April 30th, 2011
5:50 pm

PS Hey Chipster can I get a shout out? So I can show my friends!!

Extrapoint

April 30th, 2011
5:56 pm

You could see in games last season that Justin would not be a factor. It was like he disappeared.
Whatever the reason it was and I believe our head coach who has 25 years of coaching said it best. At times our team played without effort. Justin was one and is now reaping his rewards. How CR could issue a statement that his team lacked effort last year and berate the fan at the Macon Bulldog club is a mystery. He owes the fan an apology.

tell me again

April 30th, 2011
6:15 pm

CMR doesn’t owe that fan a thing……fans don’t deal with the pressure / expectations of the job or of having to discipline and motivate a bunch of kids, many of whom are self centered and have been given everything their whole life just because they can play with a little leather ball. We fans, as a group, feel we are entitled to so much and yet when the chips are down WE GIVE SO LITTLE in the way of support and encouragement. I dare say if some off you super critical fans on this blog were judged at YOUR jobs by the same standards Richt is – you’d be permanently UNEMPLOYED.

Extrapoint

April 30th, 2011
6:28 pm

tell me again just describe the typical school teacher who makes 40-50 thousand a year, not millions.
If these fans don’t matter why should CR bring up donations and how they were more than the previous years, even with a losing record. One of the most lame example given, is if you were judged in your job as CR you would be unemployed. I dare say that the average employee receives more then their share of abuse on the job and without the compensation of CR. This is his chosen work andif he can accept the honors when things are going great, he needs to handle the heat.

Georgia Boy

April 30th, 2011
6:29 pm

Wow “tell me again” that is a great great post. I need to take a screenshot. Extrapoint, it’s idotic to say that fan needs an apology.

footballfan-365

April 30th, 2011
6:29 pm

@ tell me again I totally agree

Milledgeville Dawg

April 30th, 2011
6:42 pm

Lets see here-get stoned or have a few mill in the bank. What an idiot. Good luck Justin

pirtdawg

April 30th, 2011
6:57 pm

Techster: Please tell me this is a joke, you’ve had 2 players drafted and I doubt you can name them or where the went. Paul Johnson has never produced NFL talent and never will. However I hate to say it but Houston could be the next Odell Thurman.

7576DAWG

April 30th, 2011
7:21 pm

The Pro’s don’t play that entitlement game do they. SURPRISE.

Extrapoint

April 30th, 2011
7:21 pm

Coach Richt minions have spoken. Sounds like the Ohio State fans defending Tressel. What say you Coach Richt now that a few days have passed. Do you agree with these fans and if so, that I should sit quietly in the stands and not question your coaching and leave it to the Athletic Director.

Yellow Fuzz

April 30th, 2011
7:50 pm

hahahahahahha

UGA Alumnus

April 30th, 2011
7:51 pm

pirtdawg
April 30th, 2011
6:57 pm

I think it was tongue in check.

UGA Alumnus

April 30th, 2011
7:51 pm

macon dawg

April 30th, 2011
8:03 pm

extrapoint you are missing the point. Richt does have to answer for poor performance but doesn’t have to put up with fans continously answering the same questions over and over. He also doesn’t have to stand for fans telling him who to fire as the fan in Macon was wanting to know. We all know what is expected of the team next year so why not support the coach up until we see what happens.

dawgfan

April 30th, 2011
9:02 pm

Houston was overrated anyway, weed or no weed. None of his great plays seemed to come when it mattered. I bet if you broke all his flashy stats down game by game he did jack diddly squat against the better teams on our schedule.

Thanks

Extrapoint

April 30th, 2011
9:02 pm

I now understand. If you are going to attend any of Coach Richt events, make sure you are in one of his first. Since he won’t have heard the same question fifty times, he may have more patience.

dawgfan

April 30th, 2011
9:14 pm

Extrapoint, where do you get off criticizing Richt? We won 6 games last year. The year before that we won 8. That’s 14 wins in two years. Clearly this guy knows what he is doing. You act like there are other teams in the SEC going 14-0 and winning national titles or something. Even if there are its irrelevant because its unfair to compare Richt to other SEC coaches. We aren’t in some competition with them.

Yes Richt apologists. You really do sound that stupid.

Thanks.

bucket

April 30th, 2011
9:59 pm

Actually what is stupid is coming on here day after day and not contributing anything positive to the discussion. Mark Richt, Greg McGarity, bucket, dawgfan, God and everybody knows that if the Dawgs are not considerably better next year that CMR will be looking for a job. As macon dawg posted, let’s get behind the team and coaches and see what happens. The criticism and fan unrest has already been heard by the administration and the coaching staff. Either things will be better and we will all be happy or they won’t and Richt will be fired, but coming on here anonymously day after day and whining and crying isn’t going to help the situation one bit. It should be obvious to everyone that one of the biggest problems we have been having is a lack of leadership on the team. Some of the most talented players who were supposed to be the leaders of the team were not leading. Our top offensive player was suspended for 4 games which essentially tanked the year and our top defensive player was smoking dope apparently.

dawgster

April 30th, 2011
10:13 pm

Tell you what “dawgfan” why don’t you find another team to support if you don’t want to stand behind the team…You leave the other 8 years of Coach Richt’s tenure, but for some like you, its only what have you done or haven’t done lately…and “Extrapoint” had you been at the Macon Bulldog club, you might know exactly how the question was posed to Coach Richt…As fans, is our right to act or say anything towards a coach..or scold Coach Richt for not firing certain coaches…Isn’t that the job of the AD or the Coach himself…Yes they are paid good money and yes we should expect certain results but every major Div 1 program has down years with great coaches…I guess Texas should fire Coach Mack Brown, or Penn State should dump Coach Paterno when they had a down year. Oh I forgot that the greatest coach to ever walk the field in some peoples eyes, Coach Meyer at Florida, should have been forced out. The Au coach had a losing coaching record when hired at Au..but now he’s the greatest coach in the world…I wonder where he learned how to coach in one season….Could it possibly, I mean could it be that Au had a lot of talent that came together for that special year they had…My point is it easy to criticize sitting behind your computer and bashing Coach Richt for everyword that comes out of his mouth…he doesn’t show enough fire or passion as some say…or he should fire this guy and that guy…because we said so here on a blog…He needs to apologize to this guy, regardless of how disrespectful is question was…How many coaches that lead their respected programs are not going to support the coaches that work for them?…And you really believe that Coach Richt owes the man an apology….

Matthews Dawg

April 30th, 2011
10:37 pm

dawgster….I love it when you are on here, because I don’t have to say a word, you say it for me and there is no reason to repeat it! It’s easier for some to talk junk and bash, than it is for them to be positive! It must be a sad life to live like that! Go Dawgs!!

ET

April 30th, 2011
10:53 pm

Boy, I’m glad I’m a South Carolina fan and don’t have to put up with our stars doing stupid stuff like this. Oh, wait a minute… NEVERMIND!!!!!

P-The-Ricker

May 1st, 2011
12:06 am

not everyone in this world is going to agree. every fan as a right to criticize their coach, especially if they’re a donor to the hartman fund.

if you are satisified with last year’s results……you are a blind loyalist.

Buckeye

May 1st, 2011
7:48 am

one fine dawg

Hunk Erdown

May 1st, 2011
8:21 am

Mike

May 1st, 2011
8:26 am

Houston wasn’t ready for the NFL this year. He would have done much better and signed a larger contract next year. The Dawgs could have really used him this year as well …

Paul N Destin

May 1st, 2011
8:35 am

Houston has his future in his hands. He can either step forward or backward. It is up to he and he alone.

Flat Tire on I-95 In Jacksonville

May 1st, 2011
8:36 am

tell me again

“Fans dont deal with the pressure”

Yes they do at a real job,

At a real job if they under perform at their job, 90% of them will be fired within 6 months not after 5 years of under performing

They also wont have a contract that will continue to pay them $3million a year for several more years after they are let go

Oh and $3 million a year is more than 92% of us will make in 30 yrs of working

I’ll take that pressure, please let me be the coach

Get off the kool-aid brother

Joey

May 1st, 2011
9:16 am

I don’t give a damn if Richt has “fire in the belly.” I just want the Dawgs to beat the teams they should beat, and beat a few teams that they shouldn’t occasionally.

They haven’t done either in over 3 seasons, unless you really believe that Tech was better in ‘09. Even in ‘07, with one of the best offenses in the country, he managed to lose to two inferior teams, which kept us out of the SEC Championship Game.

Losing to a terrible Colorado team and a half-assed UCF, and going 6-7 would have cost most coaches their jobs.

And don’t compare Richt with Brown, Paterno, and Myer – they won the “Big Game,” Richt hasn’t even been in it. Remember why? Losing to inferior teams: UF and Zook in ‘02; UT and SC in ‘07.

I’ve always supported Richt, but when he said in January, “I’m going start to study football. Cutting-edge football,” I had to wonder, you’re just now starting that?

SickandTired

May 1st, 2011
9:16 am

I”m a Georgia fan and I love me some Mark Richt. Don’t you dare talk about him. Don’t you talk about how other teams in the SEC have won National Championships like LSU (2), Alabama, Auburn, and Florida (2). Heck, that’s just six in the 10 years he’s been at Georgia. What do you expect him to do, win one of the other 4? Get off his back and support his Sunday Morning Southern Beaten Bisquit club in Athens and enjoy the hospitality. It’s not about the winning, it’s about the fellowship. The sooner all my dawg bretheren realize this the sooner we’ll feel redemption.

dawgfan

May 1st, 2011
9:20 am

Dawgster, I stand fully behind the team. Mark Richt is not bigger than the team. He has done a poor job recently and is not immune to criticism. If you truly support the team you will not stand for the subpar results that we have been seeing the past few years. If you want to put a coach ahead of the program you need to go cheer for Tech where all they do is suck Johnson’s manboobs and make excuses for him.

I do not believe that Richt has what it takes to turn this around. Oh believe me, I pray to God I am wrong. I hope we go 14-0 this year just like every year. But I’m not going to stick my head in the sand and pretend that everything is swell when its not. If you choose to do so that is fine but that does NOT make you a better fan than me. I am sick of that crap.

The hat I am wearing right now has a big “G” on in it for GEORGIA FOOTBALL. That is where my allegiances lie. You won’t find Mark Richt’s name anywhere. I don’t cheer for a coach. I cheer for a program.

Thanks.

Puzzled

May 1st, 2011
9:21 am

Congrats Bulldogs on a great draft. The big question…with all this talent why were you so mediocre the last two years?????

Jim

May 1st, 2011
9:41 am

The problem is you just can not fix stupid. Right Justin! Now if Cam Newton had done something like this, Cecil would have killed him for losing millions.

King Gator

May 1st, 2011
10:51 am

Up in $moke!! Go Gators!

bigdawg1

May 1st, 2011
11:43 am

Stupid drug laws and stupid War on Drugs! What a total waste taxpayer dollars!

South GA Dawg

May 1st, 2011
11:43 am

Why are people mad at CMR for not showing the fire inside but yet are mad at Grantham for showing to much? Really wierd isnt it? The Dogs are due and have a great shot at the SEC East this year. With a little luck and a lot of hard work they could win the SEC and actually play for a NC. I know everyone is saying no way in H–l but who would have said AU would be NC? Led by Scam Newton and Nick Farley and a head coach from Central FL. ? This is the SEC anything can happen and anyone can win.
Believe it and it will happen.
Go Dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! time for some smash mouth hard hitting football like we use to play.

T-Dawg

May 1st, 2011
12:13 pm

If it’s so easy to bring in a magical, omniscient coach, why wasn’t that done after Dooley retired? Or Goff or Donnan were fired? For that matter, why wasn’t Dooley fired after the 1979 season? His entire legacy boils down to ONE recruit. Where was an even servicable qb after Belue (Dooley didn’t recruit any!)? Why was poor Kelly even in the game against Marino and (tight end) Brown? Couldn’t recruit any better safeties? qbs? Dooley was inferior to Richt by any measure. Let’s press Richt to improve, but keep it real.

dawgfan38

May 1st, 2011
12:13 pm

Amen “dawgfan”. I completely agree! The NFL draft was just one more indictment (among many) that this coaching staff just cannot coach up our players. Six more Dawgs got drafted this year. We recruit highly regarded players out of high school and they don’t improve while they are in Athens…and most importantly, the results on the field don’t match the level of talent on our roster. I love my school. But, this coaching staff is clearly underperforming in the area of “player development”.

bulldawgbill

May 1st, 2011
12:19 pm

All of us fans can bet our lives on this — Nothing matters but the money. As long as contributions are ahead of last year and Richt doesn’t personally comit a felony or get the team on probation, he will be the coach. McGarity is running a business know as the Georgia Athletic Association. The GAA is no different from GE or GM. A stock holder may not like the new line of washing machines or the style of the new Chevy, but as long as the profits are stong the leadership will remain in charge.

Houston, we have a problem...

May 1st, 2011
12:23 pm

Houston is just a typical no-class illiterate UGA goon.

Just one of a long string of worthless punks to play at UGA.

SAV'H DAWG

May 1st, 2011
12:46 pm

Posted last week about Houston. 1.5 sacks in his last five games for Georgia. Obviously overrated and can be replaced very easily.

Yellow Fuzz

May 1st, 2011
12:49 pm

It Ain’t Rocket Science:

Stop using the SEC as an excuse for your lack of results. We can compete there as well as you (and Vandy) have the past 3 years. By the way, how did those last 3 close games with us feel? Get used to Paul Johnson and Staff! georgia is less than a touch down better than us (on paper) and our coaches can out coach yours so you better watch what you say little man. Enjoy your pathetic life-LOOOOOOZER! Hahahahahahaha.

Joey

May 1st, 2011
1:20 pm

Yeah, T-Dawg, Dooley was “inferior.”

Under Dooley, UGA:

Won 6 SEC Championships

Went to 20 Bowl games, including 8 Major Bowls

Were ranked in the Top 5 in polls 6 times

Were ranked in the Top 20 in polls 14 times

Won AP and UPI National Championship in 1980

Dooley, individually, won numerous awards, including the Bear Bryant Award (national coach of the year), and as AD, also won awards, and is in the Collegiate Hall of Fame.

All he did was put UGA on the map, you damn idiot.

JDAWG

May 1st, 2011
2:50 pm

T-Dawg

May 1st, 2011
4:05 pm

HERSCHEL put UGA on the map. Dooley put UGA 3 yards downfield, in a pile of dust.