Houston Questions Draft Experts
Justin Houston

Posted Dec 17, 2010


ATHENS – Justin Houston has submitted his name to the NFL draft advisory committee.

But he still isn’t sure the feedback will have a big impact on his decision of whether or not to go pro.

Houston, a Georgia outside linebacker, is rated as a first- or second-round pick by draft experts. He said he expects to hear back from the advisory board in early January.

“That’s tough. I don’t know,” Houston said Wednesday. “I’ve heard people say they got a first or second round grade, then went fifth or sixth round. That paper don’t really mean too much. I don’t know, when the time comes, I’ll talk to the coach, I’ll talk to my family, then make my decision.”

Houston said he won’t make the decision until after the Liberty Bowl, which is Dec. 31. Houston said his teammates don’t bring it up much, other than to make jokes about it.

“I hate thinking about that. I’d rather not think about it,” Houston said. “It’s a tough decision, it’s one of the biggest decisions I’ll make in my life.”

Two players perform a good deed

Tailback Washaun Ealey and linebacker Mike Gilliard helped a student bus driver who had crashed into a set of trees late on Wednesday night. The incident occurred at the corner of Cedar and Sanford, where the roads were wet and icy.

According to an account provided by each player, the pair was driving home, behind the campus bus, when it hydroplaned and ran into some trees. The bus stayed upright, but the players saw a limb sticking through a window, and could hear the student bus driver, a woman, shouting for help.

“We just wanted to help her out, that’s all,” Gilliard said.

Ealey stopped the car, and the two players got out, then pried open the back door to the bus. When they got inside, the driver was still in the driver’s seat.

“She was panicking. She was crying. She was thanking God that she didn’t get hurt,” Ealey said.

UGA said the driver’s name was Rickyia Weddington.

“I guess she was just scared to move, basically,” Gilliard said. “She said everything was OK.”

The players helped the woman out of the bus, then stayed with her a few minutes until police showed up. Then the players went about their night.

“We just started calling everybody,” Ealey said, laughing.

Indeed, the word quickly spread around the team.

“Mike and Washaun think they’re superheroes now, like they lifted a bus or got a cat from a tree,” Rambo said, smiling. Then he turned more serious: “That was a good thing they did. It shows they care and they love everybody. It shows how they were raised up. Anybody could’ve kept going, but their parents raised them to stop and help out.”


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