Justin Houston had made no secret of his zeal for reaching 100 career sacks, a milestone the Ravens linebacker achieved in the team’s loss to the Miami Dolphins.
He collected the jersey of the quarterback he dropped, Jacoby Brissett, and made plans to frame it. But his son, Junior, allowed him little time to bask in the achievement.
“He had been on my head about getting to the 100-sack club,” Houston said. “He was happy. But I’ve still got more work to do, so he’s not too happy. He’s going to work the crap out of me. We’ve still got more goals to reach.”
How many sacks, exactly, is this grade-school taskmaster expecting from his 32-year-old father?
“One hundred and thirty,” Houston said, laughing. “He said you can’t retire until you get to 130. So I’m praying that somehow, God will make that happen.”
For a moment, Houston’s sack seemed to take on a darker tone as Brissett, his former teammate with the Indianapolis Colts, writhed on the field, clutching his knee. But Brissett walked off, and he and Houston connected, as friends, after the game.
“He knew I wasn’t the guy that hit his knee,” Houston said. “I actually tried to turn him away from it.”