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As a good friend to Herman and Pat Houston I can tell you.........

that Marcus was more than a football player. In fact football was not the end all to his goals in life. Marcus went through tough times in high school and then in college because he was more academic minded and had goals to be a difference maker. In high school he was asked to speak in October of his senior year in front of world leaders at a conference in Belgium on education needs in Africa. He had been invited because of his work in certain countries with supplying books and material he raised on his own. He was invited to visit these countries by their leadership and therefore then invited to Belgium. The coaching staff and his team mates at T.J. and DPS were not kind to him for missing two games. Marcus was ranked as the second best player in the country by Super Prep magazine and Allen Wallace. Max Emfinger had him #1. Everyone wanted him, Bobby Bowden flew west of the Mississippi only once to recruit a player, that was Marcus. Marcus took a beating from people who wanted something from him when he only wanted to help others first. The entire Houston family was raised this way and didn't fit others ideas of how they should fall into line. And don't forget Marcus had a life threatening injury that was undetected and played through it until it was revealed. Finally Marcus is 39 years old and football is well behind him. With the grace of God he will live another 45 years to do what he's always planned on doing, helping others.

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Posted: 02/09/2019 at 08:36AM


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