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Justin Houston hasn't been penalized in over two years

Another "This is why Justin Houston is so good" post...

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Not only can Justin Houston rush the passer extremely well, he can also stop the run, which is often a criticism of pass rushers. And not only can he rush the passer and stop the run, he does it within the rules of the games.

Someone pointed this out to me the other day and I looked it up to confirm. Justin Houston hasn't had a penalty in over two years. Houston was penalized in three straight games from Week 8-10 of the 2012 season. Since then? Zero penalties. It seems pretty amazing that's the case given the rules with protecting the quarterback.

I don't know how this compares to everyone else. I looked up a few players, including JJ Watt, who had eight penalties this season and four the season before. Go back to Week 10 of 2012 and Watt has 16 penalties to Houston's zero. Von Miller was penalized seven times in the last two seasons. Tamba Hali, Houston's teammate, has six penalties in the last two seasons.

Believe it or not, Seattle and New England, who played in Super Bowl XLIX, were the most-penalized teams last season.

By the way, Houston's last penalty? It was for dancing on Monday Night Football.